“Mullingar Sales adds a September date to the calendar”
Many rosettes have been collected in the arenas at Mullingar Equestrian Centre, often at a fast and competitive pace as its known to attract the finest of horsemen from across Ireland to their events, to win at Mullingar is an honour awarded for the hours of preparation the rider and horse have put in to be at peak performance level.
The Fagan family have listened to the request from competitors, breeders and producers for a new marketplace to find buyers for their horses and ponies in the midlands. Building on the example set by the late Edward Fagan, co-founder of the Mullingar Mart, one of the first marts to be established outside of Dublin in 1954, establishing Mullingar Performance Sales was a natural progression for his son Robert and the team at Mullingar Equestrian Centre.
Now in its second year, the sales have proven themselves a popular date among both buyers and sellers locally, from around Ireland and also attracting strong interest from international buyers returning to the sales from Scandinavia, Belgium, France, Spain and the UK. What brings them back? Buyers have complimented the quality of ponies and horses in the sales ring, with reports of good performance from stock sold at previous sales.
Providing a new marketplace to the irish horse industry, the Fagan’s have focused on ensuring buyers and sellers get value for their money in a professional and fair environment. The entry fee has been kept at a minimum to cover costs at just €65 per horse or pony. Vetting certs are not a requirement to enter in the sales, once the hammer falls to the highest bidder the buyer is given the option to request vetting onsite.
The facilities at Mullingar allow sellers to show their ponies and horses working in the arena and over a course a show jumping fences prior to entering the sales ring. Vetting can also be arranged for interested buyers with a qualified vet onsite throughout the day of the sales. For international buyers, shipping companies are on hand to make transport arrangements nationally and overseas. A region renowned for its horses and horsemen (and horsewomen!), who knows the next European Champion could follow in the footsteps of Mullingar’s best known Connemara: Ballyowen Maybelle Molly who was owned and produced by Anthony McCormack in Mullingar and brought home the European pony showjumping gold medal as a 7 year old with Kellie Allen in 2009. As entries start to come in for the sales we know it will be a busy date September 30th, as for certain there will be a selection of the ponies that have been taking the students in Mullingar around the cross country and showjumping during the summer. We can guarantee some talented and well schooled horses and ponies will be in the sales ring along with those on offer from local breeders and producers.
A comfortable and friendly environment, the sales are a hive of activity once the Auctioneer enters the ring to commence bidding. An additional date has been added this autumn, a busy time of year for producers selling stock that has been competing during the summer months. Pony riders are looking to move up to the next height band to find their next 128, 138 or 148 ponies. The autumn signals the beginning of the new school year with hunting, hunter trials, and interschool’s competitions filling the weekends while the pure show jumpers focus on bringing in new stock for training shows and the autumn grand prix league for the more experienced.
Just one hour from Dublin and centrally located in the heart of Ireland off the M4 Dublin-Sligo Motorway, international buyers are planning to attend the Mullingar sales on Saturday September 30th to coincide with the Ballinasloe fair which is on the following day. The Connemara Horse and Pony Sales will be back again in Mullingar on October 22nd. Entries are being taken online for both dates for horses and ponies 3 years old and over on www.mullingarequestrian.com
“Auctioneer strives to get the best price for buyer and seller”
Jim Derwin: “Mullingar is establishing itself as a great source of quality ponies and horses, as a dealer many of these will be produced further and sold on. We have had great reports from buyers of the stock we purchased in Mullingar, with my own son James finding a superstar pony that was a cracker at the hunting and brought home ribbons and rugs in the showjumping aswell” (pictured)
A Norwegian buyer also plans to return, he purchased 3 horses at the Mullingar sales in April, one has already been sold on to another Norwegian rider and the other two are producing good results in their first competitions.
UK buyer Morgan Enright: “Merry is going very well, she is currently jumping British Novice and Discovery. (Pictures attached). She has settled into life well here and is looking like a good prospect. We are aiming to attend the next sale at the end of September and will be recommending to friends after our positive experience at the previous sale.”
If you have any queries contact Robert 086 2519161 or Aidan 087 2842814.
Strictly no animals admitted to sale unless pre-entered. Entries for the sales online on: