Sale Cavan Nov.’09


November Woods

On the last Thursday in November ’09, Cavan Equestrian Centre held a Sale of Connemara Ponies. The blog was unable to attend but well-known journalist Ruth Rodgers penned the following Report for the Farmers Journal of December 5th  So for viewers unable to view the said Farners Journal but who are interested in current Sales prices,  I was lucky enough to receive Ruth’s  permission to include her Report in Niamh’s Weblog.  


Top Sales Price: Daughter of Dexter Leam Pondi

‘Of the 81 Connemara ponies that went through the ring at Cavan last week, 45 found new owners for an average price of €906.  Securing top price was Rosemary Stuart’s Killaloe Pundy (Lot 586).  After some brisk bidding the daughter of Dexter Leam Pondi and Killaloe Angel was knocked down to Anthony Mc Cormack from Mullingar for €5,000.  “We plan to go down the performance route again and her pedigree is top-class for the jumping game” said McCormack.

The dun yearling Earl Lady (Lot 616), offered by Pat Meade, attracted a lot of attention and sold for €3,300 to Malachy Conlon from Banbridge, Co. Down, who plans to show her before breeding.   Paul Brady’s striking six-year-old mare Queen of Diamonds (Lot 640) sold to Kieran Egan for €3,100.   John Lowery from Tuam, paid €2,000 to Colm McLoughlin from Donegal for a nice seven-year-old mare Cremully Star (Lot 639) who is in foal to Dunlewy Seamus. 

Despite the recession and the biting wind there were some bargains to be found.  An upbeat Gerard Mc Niff from Ballinamore, Co.Leitrim paid just €700 for Jim Cloonan’s filly foal (Lot 608) by Corrib Prince and Kiltiernan Star.

Colin Fnn’s four-year-old grey gelding Shames Lad (Lot 647) looked a real all-rounder and went to Terry White from Westmeath for €1,650, who got him for his son to go hunting.  “We love hunting and there is no doubt he will be out with the Longford hounds very soon,”  said White afterwards.

Kevin McNamara from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim secured a nice filly foal (Lot 567) by Seoigeach and O’Neilstown Lass for €525 which he plans to breed from eventually.

Pat Grimes from Carrigallen, Co Leitrim got good value when he paid €750 for a well-made colt foal (Lot 580) sold by Tom Connell from Ballinalee.

Seamus Hannigan from Glenvar, Co.Donegal sold Glenvar Dolly (Lot 581) for €700.  She found a new home with Philip O’Reilly from Kilkerran who said the plan was to breed from her.

Elsewhere in the sale, Colm Kearins from Sligo was pleased when he got a quality dun colt foal, Drumree Dun Rocco (Lot 582), by Prince of Thieves for €525.  A grey filly foal by Corrib Prince and Peggy’s Leg  (Lot 574) sold by James Cloonan looked a nice pony when bought by Willie Wilkie from Letterkenny for €525.  He told me afterwards that the filly “looks good value and I hope to breed eventually”.

Once again those who put their animals on the market were rewarded with realistic prices under superb facilities at Cavan.’   {Ruth Rodgers in Farmers Journal of 5 Dec.‘09}


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