People will have an opportunity to own a potential Olympic show jumping horse, while also helping two charities, when a foal goes to auction on Friday.
The foal is a three-parts brother to MHS Going Global, the horse to be ridden by Tipperary show jumper Greg Broderick in Rio de Janeiro, following his nomination last week.
The bay colt is by Quidam Junior (the sire of MHS Going Global) and out of Ballypatrick Flight (a half sister to Going Global). It will feature in an auction of 15 elite youngsters “sourced from some of the best breeders and producers of show jumpers in Europe” at Bolesworth Castle, near Chester, in England.
Broderick is consigning the foal to auction to celebrate his nomination for the Olympics, with all the money - including Bolesworth’s commission - going to the Jack & Jill Foundation and Our Lady’s Children Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.
“I’m delighted to be able to help two worthy charities and I urge people to get behind this auction and raise as much money as possible for these causes,” said Broderick, who pointed out that bids will be taken over the phone from Ireland.
MHS Going Global was unique in producing double clear rounds in the recent Swiss Nations cup - which was won by Ireland - and the subsequent grand prix. The performance was enough to convince Ireland manager Robert Splaine that Broderick and the 10-year-old gelding, which also jumped double clear in the nations cup victory last year at Dublin Horse Show, was the country’s best chance of securing an Olympic show jumping medal.
Last year’s Bolesworth auction saw £196,500 transacted, with an average spend of more than £16,000, but Broderick is hoping his colt will raise between £20,000 and £25,000 for his nominated charities. For more details, ring 087-6634990, or see bolesworthinternational.com/eliteauction
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