Cavan Horse Marketing Centre

Address: Cavan, Co Cavan.

Telephone: 049-4332017

Fax: 049-4331400



Date: Wednesday, May 18th

Performance Sale: 11am. 140 lots approx.

Last year’s top lot (April): Jackie Conlon’s Loreto Quality, 7 year-old gelding by OBOS Quality (dam by Larino) €18,000.

AS the sport horse sales gather pace, Cavan is due to host its third dispersal of the year next Wednesday. The new date is the result of a slightly juggled calendar this spring, and replaces the usual April fixture.

In line with recent strong trading trends, the one date renewal has attracted a good catalogue of around 150 mixed lots.

The older stock look especially weighty, to include several competition horses with form as well as a draft of proven hunters. As always, the ponies appear attractive, and if the sale topper emerges from this sector, it will not be for the first time.

Looking through the list of sires, several stallions have two lots forward, but standing out with four is Padraig Howley’s enduringly popular Sligo Candy Boy.


Lot 5 Bonnie, reg 7 yo pd m 128cms. One for the smallest of jockeys is Bonnie, who is fully guarateed in every way. Described as ‘every mother’s dream’ she performs well in all disciplines. A super pony across the country, she has competed at all the major show centres on a temporary ticket, and has attended pony club camp. She is thought to be the complete all rounder.

Lot 8 Rossies Delight, reg 6 yo dn m 138cms. This potentially top class pony is one of the catalogue stand outs. Carrying a super show jumping record, she has clocked up 40 SJI points in classes up to 1.10m and appears to have a bright future ahead of her.

Lot 10 Banjo R, reg 9 yo bl g 127cms by Black Diamond out of Melissa (Kadett). Another from the smallest of the height groups Banjo R was bred in Germany and has competed on the continent. He is a former winner of the Belgian five-year-old championships, and has been campaigned in Ireland for the past year. The winner of 122 SJI points (46 of which were attained abroad), he is a consistent performer at 70/80 cms level, winning the Woodland Spring League earlier this year, and more recently filling the runner-up spot in the Clare Equestrian Centre spring final (70cms). In addition, this straightforward pony has competed sucessfully in both ridden show and working hunter classes, as well as combined training and cross country. Thought an ideal prospect for the under eight/10 classes.

Lot 34 Maplevalley’s Doris, reg 5 skd m 148cms by Maplevalley Master Class out of Maplevalley’s Dreamer (Red House Condor). By a son of Cavalier Jump For Joy, this is a quality blood type pony with good paces and plenty of scope. Produced slowly in a show jumping yard, she has gained 34 SJI points from a handful of outings under rules, jumping in classes up to 1m. She is also well schooled cross-country, proving brave and willing.

Competition horses

Lot 48 Briarfield India, reg 13 yo gr m 170cms by Grange Bouncer out of Rossini Lass (Rossini). One with a good record in working hunter classes, India competed at the RDS for three years in succession. She has also show jumped, and taken part in cross-country activities.

Lot 51 Legaland War Horse, reg 10 yo b g 178cms by Lancelot out of Cavalier Royalty (Cavalier Royale). The winner of 3 SJI points, this big gelding has been competed by an amateur. He possesses the ability to jump big tracks, has hunted this past season, and is well established on the flat.

Lot 57 Sea Cliff, reg 9 yo b g 170cms by Chacco Blue out of Sea Top Lady (Lux Z). An extremely well-related brother to the Andrew Bourns-ridden Nations Cup horse Sea Topblue (1.60m), this gelding has been given time to mature. A good mover and with a jump to match, he is now ready to move on to progress his career.

Lot 68 Tangelina, reg 6 yo ch m 162cms by Tangelo Van’t Zuuthoeve out of Urban Sea (Miss Libero). This well-related mare qualified for the youngster finals at Mullingar last year. She is a half-sister to Rockwell RC (1.40m) and to the British-based event horse Burnlea Sea Dancer. Adding further depth to the pedigree, the dam is a sibling to the American-partnered Zarkava (1.50m), Sir Douglas (1.40m) and the French-based event horse Cooley Hidden Cyclone (CIC2*).

Lot 77 Mr President, reg 5 yo b g 165cms by Presidential Ball out of Lowhill Slow Down (Carrick Diamond Lad). This five-year-old by a son of Clinton, has competed in training shows, and is well schooled across country. Well-related, his dam is a full-sister to Lowhill Showdown (1.40m) ridden in France by Louis Delplace, and to the grade A performer Lowhill Hotshot.

Lot 78 Lottie van’t Zorgvliet, reg 5 yo gr m 163cms by Dignified van’t Zorgvliet out of Ms Bella (Grange Bouncer). Owner ridden and competed, this mare carries an impressive SJI record, being fault-free since her affiliated debut 12 months ago. As a result she has racked up 92 SJI points, and is the winner of the Woodlands League. In addition she rides well on the flat, has schooled across country, and is thought to be a serious prospect for the future.

Lot 91 Ecclesville Allo Allo, reg 5 yo b m 160 cms by Heillo out of Ecclesville Lady (Clover Echo). This mare competed in her age jumping classes last season, and this year has been placed on every occasion, in the performance equivalent.

Lot 92 Barrettstown Gin, reg 5 yo br m 168cms by Pointilliste out of Queen Victoria (OBOS Quality). By one of the most commercial of thoroughbred sires, this good-moving, event bred mare is a half-brother to Fernhill Intrigue who is competing in America.

Lot 95 Ahare Dott, reg 5 yo b m 165 cms by Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet out of Ahare of Olympic Clover (Olympic Lux). One of two by the sire in the catalogue, this mare is the winner of 12 SJI points to date. A quiet, good-looking individual, she is thought likely to progress in either the eventing or show jumping ranks.

Lot 96 Castlelawn Emilie, reg 5 yo gr f 160cms by Valmy de Lande out of Blayney Spice (Flagmount King). Described as ideal for an amateur or a young rider, this mare jumped in the age classes last year. Brave and scopey, yet careful, she is schooling over 1.10m tracks at home, has hunted with the Glasson Farmers, and looks to have a bright future.

Hunters/All rounders

Lot 49 King, reg 10 yo gr g 168cms by Coolcronan Wood out of Kentucky Blaze (Creggan Emperor). A full Irish Draught, King has hunted with the Shillelagh hounds for four seasons.

Lot 50A Metrobeauty, reg 13 yo b g 178cms by Metropole out of Lotto Beauty (Horace). One of numerous seasoned hunters in the catalogue, this individual is also the winner of 18 SJI points in classes up to 1.10m. Amateur ridden, and described as an amateur or young rider’s dream, he is snaffle mouthed and easy to do in every way.

Lot 66A Tommy Supreme, reg 8 yo gr g 168cms by Supreme Bouncer out of Supreme Grosvenor (Supreme Ginger). An eye-catching dapple grey, this gelding has been well hunted with both the Ballymacad hounds and Longford Harriers. A good jumper, he is straightforward to do and hacks out on his own.

Lot 79 Sun Rich Belle, reg 5 yo bl m 160cms by WRS Traditional out of Welcome Silverstone (Welcome Diamond). For those buyers looking for a smaller horse, this Irish Draught cross mare looks an attractive prospect. She has competed in one-day events and show jumping, and has followed the Donegal Harriers for a season. A perfect ladies horse, and ridden by a complete novice at home, she would suit either a beginner or someone more competitve.

Lot 85 Elusive Purple Diamond, reg 5 yo gr g 166cms by Elusive Emir out of Dowdstown Lass (All The Diamonds). Tradtionally bred, by a thoroughbred sire and with a pedigree going back to Powerswood Purple, this gelding has been hunted by a lady rider for a full season. He has also been to training shows, where he is showing the potential to become a top class all rounder.

Four-year-olds and three-year-olds

Lot 111 Georgie Power, reg 4 yo b g 170cms by Exquis Powerfree out of Lady Watters (Romabo). Featuring Clover Hill as the sire of the second dam, this home-bred gelding has been professionally broken. From the family of the American based event horse Sir Rivie’s Rip Tide (CIC*), he is currently jumping a small course confidently, and is easy to handle in every way.

Lot 114 Unnamed, reg 4 yo ch g 170cms by Carisma out of Our Dream Come True (Coevers Diamond Boy). Described as big and scopey, this gelding has hunted with the Donegal and Tyrone hounds, and has recently competed in the four-year old working hunter class at the Northern Ireland Festival.

Lot 130 Parkview Prince, reg 3 yo g 167cms by Greenan Fort out of Parkview Lass (Cyrano). By the sire of the one of the highest priced thoroughbred sired three-year-olds in the country last year, this gelding looks a smart prospect to produce for any discipline.

Lot 137 Unnamed, reg 3 yo b f 158cms by Chillout out of My Golden Olive (Dock Leaf). By the sire of the recent Badminton third placed Swallow Springs (Oliver Townend), this small filly is a well-related full-sister to Fernhill Chilli Martini who is successfully eventing in America.