Final Sales Day Five, mainly Foals ( By the way, thank you all who voted, good feedback) Regretfully this is the sole surviving Day of Sales ’10. Long Story !!
Sat and Sun. were golden autumn sunny days but, alas, Niamh’s Weblog never got to Clifden.
On Monday there were over 200 Lots catalogued for Day Five and looking on the bright side the highest price for a Filly foal was €1,500 and a Colt foal made £1,000. But just when this Blog thought that things were looking up on the final day of the Sales, with respectable numbers of quality foals in particular selling in the ring, something happens – a sharp reminder of the times.
Lot 1140, Oxhill Donna, (Murphy Rebel – Lough Owel Donna) is a lovely 12 year old mare with her fine filly foal at foot by Silver Shadow (a top European Connemara Show- jumper bred in Galway,) Mare and foal do their twirl of the ring and are sold to the highest bidder, as the owner is down-sizing. Mare and foal are sold as a pair for only Eleven Hundred Euro.! Hopefully they will have gone to a home as good as the one they left.
Co. Mayo woman, Mary Corcoran and her husband were happy to buy their first ever Connnemara Pony.
Their purchase for €950 was Lot 1200, a black Filly foal by Black Shadow (Silver Shadow) and out of Vales Makosi (Murphy Rebel) The family have previously bred a couple of Sport Horses and Cobs but this foal is destined for the Corcoran’s 6 month old first grandchild, so child and pony will grow up together. (And no, not every pony at the Sales was related to Murphy Rebel and Silver Shadow!)
Breeders feel obliged to sell their Colt foals in the Autumn as keeping them as entires through the long winter, can be difficult (especially if they plan to keep them for Colt Inspection time a couple of years hence). So prices accepted for Colts remained low, many changing hands from between €150 and €500.
A lot of well-bred filly foals made between €300 and €700. Lot 1236 a filly foal by Glencarrig.Prince – Ballybeg Maggie made €375 and
Lot 1241, a dun filly foal by Westside Mirah- Ballydonagh Heather Belle, made €700 On the other hand quite a few Filly foals went to €1,000 and more under the auctioneer’s hammer.
Carraroe Breeder Caroline Lydon paid €1,300 for a well-grown yellow-dun filly foal Golden Ginny (Coral Bambi – Scully). Caroline likes the breeding and the colour and this new purchase is also a half-sister to her prize winning filly Golden Mariah.
Breeding Connemaras for the past four years, Breda McIntyre is a nurse by profession, and she and her husband Fintan got out of cattle and sheep and started buying and breeding Connemaras on their family farm.
With the market now so low she ruefully recalls paying €8,000 for a foundation mare about 3 years ago. They now breed Connemaras – of which they are very fond,- and currently run 20 breeding mares on their Golden Vale acres so their youngstock have now grown significantly in number. They had sold three of the progeny at the Sales but decided the €500 bid was not good enough for Lot 1206, their yearling Filly Marlhill Girl (Knockferry Cheeky Boots – Sunshine) who traces back to Moy Hazy Cove, Abbeyleix Fionn and Cloonisle Cashel. So with their helper, French Canadian Edele Shannon, Riding Instructor, they were quite content to drive the filly back home to Marlhill, Co.Tipperary.
To end on a slightly humorous note; a disgruntled vendor in the Tea Room was heard to exclaim – on being told that the price of his cup of tea was One Euro Fifty – “Well, there’s more money in tea than in ponies”! CLIFDEN MART SALES AGAIN IN FEB.2011.
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