Mares, Foals, Sales News (Click on pic to enlarge)
Lot 1320 One of the best prices on Day 3 almost didn’t happen. As breeder Tom Bourke was making ready that afternoon to leave for home with his trailer of foals, along came a man with a big interest in a particular filly foal with a performance pedigree.
This was Golden Mile (Crannard Joker-Dippy) Crannard Joker is now successfully jumping in Germany while the Sire of Dippy, Castleside J.J. is performing in Sweden. So after the usual bit of haggling the deal was done for €2000. Tom Sexton from Cavan is now the owner of a good dun filly with performance potential as a foundation mare. Abbeyside Stud ( Tom Bourke’s) near Claremorris in Mayo currently has 35 Connemaras which includes 10 new mares newly acquired at Clifden. The next best price on Day 3, €1075, was given for Lot 747, (no picture unfortunately), a colt foal Mountain Echo (Ashfield Echo I Love You-April Mervyn Mist) This sire, a Grade A International jumping pony, was registered fairly recently, it seems, by the Breeders Society and has very few Connemara stock on the ground as yet. More on this stallion below.
Lot 593 Colm Costello’s dun yearling filly Drumcrave Dawn (Coral Bambi-Lisnalong Lady), with Murphy Rebel and Ardravinna Andy in the pedigree, was still unsold at time of going to press as far as this Blog is aware . (Please don’t hesitate to correct if this is incorrect).
Lot 670 Dun ponies were obviously top sellers at these Sales and seventeen year old Maeve Conneely from Erislannon is now the happy new owner of a filly foal bought for her by her dad Johnnie, Coolcom Jane (Castleside J.J. Junior–Tullanna Jane). The late great all-round performance stallion Ashfield Bobby Sparrow is in this pedigree so performance again to the fore in this decision to buy.
Some foals where poorly bid for and Lot 706 is an example. This filly foal by William’s Boy-Gentle Breeze 2nd with a good jumping line, and with Coosheen Finn and Village Boy in the bloodline, seemed to pass below the radar and was sold for a meagre €150.
Lot 1252 a colt foal by Fredericksminde Hazy Match – Citywest Swansong, with quality and a jumping pedigree was bought for a more realistic €600.
Jimmy Mullaney purchased Lot 482 a 2yr. old nice bay filly, Ballylee Nelly (Kingstown Boy-Mount Ross Bramble) with Kingstown Molly, Village Boy and Atlantic Raven in her background, for €550 .
Lot 700 A 14yr. old in-foal mare Cragreagh Snowball (Seafield Pookhaun-Dancing Lady) -she had the same owner for her entire life – made €650. It’s somehow always sad to see senior brood-mares in the sales ring, but she has hopefully gone to a good home.
The unusual Red-head of a young roan pony was spotted at the Sales (click on this to see the amazing mane colours). Tidy this one up and it could be the ‘must have’ pony colour of tomorrow, going back to the earlier Connemaras who came in all sorts of darker colours when grey was just a random other colour.
A cheerful John Sweeney, joint owner of the Mart, checks out the scene.
SOME SALES NEWS 8 Nov. My thanks to Ann Cafferty who emailed the pic. of Doorty Lucky Lady.
Lot 1182. The highest priced Foal of the Mart, for which €3,800 was paid on Sunday, Day 4, to her breeder James Byrne of Swinford, Mayo, was filly foal Carracanada Niamh. This foal is out of Doorty Lucky Lady and is by an International performer, now one of Ireland’s top show-jumping stallions, the 15yr old dun Ashfield Echo I Love You. Roscommon’s Michael Burke is the new owner. Pic. courtesy of Caitriona O’Toole.
Of her six foals to date the nine year old bay, Doorty Lucky Lady – by Ross Loobeen, the late young grade A Showjumper – has produced 2 Class 1 stallions, both now show-jumping, and 2 Sale – Topping foals at Clifden Mart. So buyers are now undoubtedly seeking out performance breeding and as Patrick Lee – quoting his father John Joe – aptly quipped at the Sales, “an ounce of breeding is worth a ton of feeding”.
James had bought Doorty Lucky Lady on his return home from the U.S and decided she was to be his foundation mare. The breeding is classic, modern native Connemara, with a touch of Thoroughbred and Arab. Killyreagh Kim, Loobeen Larry, Rebel Wind and Abbeyleix Owen all feature in the mix. In 2009 James Byrne coincidentally was the vendor of the top-priced filly at this Sale, a dun daughter of Doorty Lucky Lady also. This was Carracanada Tara by Starsky which made E3500.
Pony Exports. The overall Sales rate was almost 80%. Over 70 ponies sold went to France and over 30 to Britain. By Monday 12 had gone to German buyers and a few went to Sweden also. Diamond’s Equestrian Centre, Renvyle, was purchasing young geldings mainly, both broken and unbroken, to send to the Walsden Stud near Manchester. Liam Diamond has recently taken a three year lease of the Centre , and the plan is that Connemaras will be trained and produced for the British market. By day 3 of the Sales he had already transported seven ponies to Walsden. With a flooded market in recessionary Ireland, more Connemara ponies need to go to good homes to new markets overseas.