A Roscommon horse breeder is said to have received the highest price ever in Ireland for a showjumping foal at auction recently when one of his animals was snapped up by a US-based stable for the sum of €35,000 at a sale of elite foals in Cavan.
Owner Stephen Reilly of Creevy, Co. Roscommon was understandably pleased when ‘Creevyquinn Evangelia’ received the top price at Cavan Equestrian Centre on Thursday last when purchased by Freestyling Farms of Ohio.
“It’s some price for a showjumping foal, a really nice touch,” he told the Roscommon People this week.
“This was the elite foals sale and they select the best 27 six weeks beforehand. The foals are selected on dam lines and their performance as well as how they look.
“I purchased the mare from VDL Stud in the Netherlands nine years ago and all her foals are doing very well.
“Creevyquinn Evangelia’s sister was sold last year for €15,500, and another, Creevyquinn Poser, was jumping on the Sunshine Tour in Spain last spring”.
Cavan Equestrian Centre confirmed the record-breaking sale on social media, stating that the “beautifully turned out Creevyquinn Evangelia by Tangelo and along with the fantastic pedigree of her dam Boraya Vdl, helped to achieve €35,000 for its well deserved owner Stephen Reilly”.
Stephen said his latest foal was born in May and has a lovely temperament.
“She’s one of the nicest foals I’ve ever had,” he added.
His daughter Sarah (12) chose the name while 16-year-old son Michael has also played his part in looking after Creevyquinn Evangelia this summer.
The foal is expected to stay in the country for the next few weeks before heading for her new home in Ohio.