Where is Goresbridge?
How do I get there?
Goresbridge sales are situated in Co Kilkenny in the south of Ireland and are easily accessible from Dublin, Cork and Waterford airports. For those who prefer to travel by ferry, Rosslare is only an hour’s drive, while Dublin Port or Dun Laoghaire are within two hours. Sometimes the sales can finish late, so if you are interested in a late lot, it may advisable to arrange your homeward journey for the following day.
When will I be able to view and try the horses?
Horses are viewed in numerical order on the flat and over fences, from 9.00am on the morning of sale. They may be tried at the discretion of the vendor.
What are the vetting procedures?
Full conditions are stated in the catalogue, but for easy reference.
1.Sport Horse Performance Sales:
Every horse is sold with a veterinary certificate from an approved list of specialist equine vets. These pre sales ‘vettings’ will have taken place within 21 days of the sale and follow the full ‘five stage examination’ format. Following purchase, buyers also have the option to have their horse re examined on site by another specialist vet from the Goresbridge panel. Certificates are lodged in the office and can be read by any potential buyer prior to sale. If you decide to re examine you must declare your intention to do so within 30 minutes of the fall of hammer.
2. Monthly Sales, Registered Connemara Sales and Irish Draught Sales.
All entries from three-year-olds upwards can be sold: (a) As they stand. (b) Subject to veterinary examination. (c) With a veterinary certificate, which must be from a member of the Goresbridge veterinary panel, appointed by Goresbridge Sales (no other veterinary certificate will be accepted). Two-year-olds, yearlings, foals and broodmares are sold without veterinary certificates. Broodmares sold as ‘in foal’ must have a pregnancy certificate dated within 14 days of sale.
It is recommended to review the conditions of sale before purchase.
How do I pay for my horse?
Euro and Sterling cash are an accepted method of payment, as well as most major credit cards.
Please contact our office for further details.
If planning to pay by cheque, you will require a written reference from your bank for the maximum amount required.
How do I get my new horse home?
There will be several recognised horse transport companies present at the sale. Their representatives will take care of your horse (ie feed, hay and water) prior to shipment. All are very experienced and efficient and will take care of all documentation.
OTHER USEFUL TIPS
1.On receipt of the catalogue you will find details of nearby hotels and Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Beautiful Kilkenny city, which has a wide range of first class hotels, is about 15 miles away, and there are also many excellent small hotels and bed and breakfast guest houses within five miles of the sales complex.
2.Get to the sale in plenty of time and if you have not already received a catalogue, collect one from the sales office. Now is your chance to familiarise yourself with the sales yard and to view the horses. Horses are sold in catalogue order and every horse may be seen performing prior to sale Watch the horses carefully throughout the day, and make an effort to view the horse quietly in its stable at some stage. Ask the vendors any relevant questions and listen carefully to the answers.
3.When the horse of your choice enters the sale ring, the veterinary certificate will be read out as well as any declared vices. Listen carefully as any defect declared at this stage, is, in general, excluded from any post sale vetting.
Veterinary certificates for each lot can be viewed in our office throughout the day of sale in advance of the lot being offered in the sales ring. (It is also read out before bidding commences)
4. In some cases, a horse a horse may fail to reach its reserve price. In such a case you may negotiate with the vendor, but any sale must be booked through the office. This is your warranty should their be any later issues.
5. Be realistic about your own ability – there are horses to suit all!
Enjoy the experience! It is great fun and can be very rewarding!