Over the next week and a bit, Eventing Connect writers are going to bring you their fantasy shopping list from the May Select Sale Of Eventers (May 29th).
The Eventing Connect writers were reviewing the catalogue and dreaming and wanted share our thoughts on some very interesting prospects to open up the airwaves for discussion about what to look for in a new horse.
This gelding defines a perfect upper level Eventing prospect – Goresbridge Auction
Lot 07, Mulvin Mr Mermus is a classy type with a well-proportioned body and kind eye. At five years old, he appears to have a fabulous work ethic and some spunk to pair with his scope. Though his trot is not the most expressive, he shows good cadence and potential to develop swing. His canter is fabulous, with a reaching hind leg and free shoulder. Just watching his canter on the flat suggests that he has serious jumping potential—indeed, his lines are from mostly show jumpers, including his sire who was part of Team USA in Dublin.
What I like most about him is his attitude toward the fences. He is a little bit spooky and cheeky, and he pops the jumps joyfully. His exuberance shows that he enjoys his job so far, which is key for a young horse who is just dipping his toe in the sport. He appears brave and has great natural balance and footwork even when his rider is slightly ahead or behind the motion. I think he would be a candidate for the upper levels of Eventing, and he could be a lovely amateur mount as well.
I’d be delighted to welcome this gelding into my barn, though I might want to change his strangely alliterative name!
Take a look at the catalogue and share which horses are on your fantasy shopping list, or if you are in the market…make the trip to Ireland and add a quality horse to your barn.