Inaugural SCOPE Auction
The star of Ireland's inaugural SCOPE auction of showjumping, dressage,
and eventing prospects was the last lot of the day, Ulysses M2S.
a round of spirited bidding that included two-time Olympic gold-medal-winner
Gillian Rolton accepting telephone bids from the United States,
the final bid of euro67,000 was placed ringside by the famous Irish
horse marketer Paul Larkin of Larkin Brothers International Ltd.
The bid was not sufficient for the breeder/owner to part with this
magnificent prospect for sport and breeding, and Ulysses M2S left
the ring unsold.
after, Morningside Stud's Thomas Reed, the breeder and owner of
Ulysses M2S, accepted an offer of euro67,500 from Irish rider Denis
Flannelly, bidding on behalf of his American client, with the understanding
that Ulysses M2S will be campaigned in sport for Ireland and be
presented for stallion approval this fall on the continent.
M2S is a two-year-old bay stallion bred by Morningside Stud and
registered with the KWPN. He is by Ekstein out of the KWPN "keur"
mare Gudrun (Voltaire
x Le Mexico x Marco Polo).
Larkin, the runner-up in the bidding dual, stated the next day,
"I am delighted for Denis Flannelly and his American owner
but I am very disappointed that I missed out on this terrific young
stallion. I would have broken him this year and sold him to America
next year as a three-year-old."
dramatic, but equally as pleasing to buyers and sellers alike, was
the SCOPE auction's results for foals. Eight of the fifteen foals
on offer sold with the highest price, euro9,500 earned by the stylish
and stunning colt Lassban Radison (Radolin x Rame Z) offered by
Lassban Sport Horses. A top prospect for sport, a colt with the
dream pedigree of Condios x Cavalier Royale x Clover Hill and appropriately
named Kilpatrick Treble C, left the ring unsold after the final
bid of euro9,600 was not quite enough for the breeders.
Thomas Reed, the managing director of SCOPE Auction Ltd., was very
pleased with the results of the auction. "We had buyers present
from the USA, Great Britain,
Italy, Holland, and Belgium plus we received very good participation
by telephone from the USA. All the new owners received outstanding
young horses at exceptional
delighted with the outcome of this first SCOPE auction was the global
array of sponsors that helped to make it a success: Connolly's Red
Mills horse feed (Ireland); Equest and Equitape oral gel (Ireland);
the Irish Tourist Board; KWPN (Holland); BCM, publishers of Horse
International and the WBFSH International Breeding Guide (Holland);
Dressage Ireland; Leading Stallions of Belgium, the Netherlands,
and Luxemburg (Holland); The Leading Mares of the Netherlands (Holland);
The International Stallion Guide for Sport Horses (Canada); The
Show-Jumping Archive (Italy); Breeding News for Sport Horses (Canada);
The Horse Magazine (Australia); Larkin Brothers International Ltd.
(Ireland); www.equibus.com (USA); Thoroughbred Insurance Services
(Ireland); Equine Express International Transport (Ireland); Morningside
Stud (Ireland) and www.jumpingaround.com (Ireland).
Auction Ltd. is owned by Dr. Reed, Jennie Loriston-Clarke (the dressage
rider who represented Great Britain in four Olympics), Gillian Rolton
(the Australian eventing Olympian), and the Flannelly family (owners
of the spectacular new Kill International Equestrian Centre, the
venue for all SCOPE events). The SCOPE Selection Committee, which
chooses horses for the auctions, is comprised of Ms. Loriston-Clarke,
Ms. Rolton, the Irish Olympic showjumping rider Ned Campion, and
Jaap Werners, the chairman of the KWPN stallion inspection committee.
All SCOPE horses must be born in Ireland and pass a strict selection
process that includes a veterinary examination and, in the case
of all horses except foals, x-rays using the same criteria as the
Hanoverian Verband and Danish Warmblood stallion inspection committees.
next SCOPE elite auction is scheduled for November 4th and will
feature foals, 3-year-old loose-jumpers, and 4- and 5-year-olds
under saddle. Further information will be available at www.scope-auction.com