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Success Stories

Purchasers travel to Cavan Equestrian Centre from all over Ireland, UK, Scandinavia, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, France, USA, etc. Among the many notable successes here are a few:


Castlewoods Jake
Luca Roman of Italy, on Castlewoods Jake, in action during the Eventing Team Jumping Final at the Olympic Equestrian Centre, Deodoro, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cooley Rorkes Drift
Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift, during the Eventing Team Jumping Final at the Olympic Equestrian Centre, Deodoro, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Mighty Nice
Philip Dutton of Team USA competing in the Rio Olympics on Mighty Nice, who was the bronze medalist in Individual Eventing.

Duke of Cavan
Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa on The Duke of Cavan competes in the Eventing's Individual Cross Country of the Equestrian during the 2016 Rio Olympics

Wishing Tattersalls a fantastic show and to all the best to Cavan sales grads - Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift, Away Cruising and Harry Meade, Coolrock Gold Dust and Harold Megahey, Creevagh Cooley and Kitty King, Kilminchy Condor and Lucca Stubington, Kilpatrick Gold and Lesley Webb................

Lydia Ward with CAFRE Lakeland Blaze qualified for the Blue Chip Championships and competed in numerous NSEA Championship classes last year with the aim to qualify again this year and also started to event!

Ardnaglass Touch of Quality winning streak includes Cavan 4yo Classic, winner HSI 5yo Class Barnadown, Cavan ISH 5yo Studbook Qualifier.....

Lismeen Ludam owned and ridden by JP McGranaghan - 1st Barnadown ISH 7yo Final

Armani Velvet owned & ridden by Barry McCormack - 1st 1.30m class @ Bluegrass Show Connell Hill

Legaland Lux Breaker owned and ridden by Jo O'Brien

KMS Indoctro with Emma Jackson 4th @ Balmoral 5yo Young Event Horse

Pio Eurocemmerce campaigning successfully with Ger O'Neill

Cornet Son ridden by Edward Butler and owned by James Egan - 2nd TRM Horseware Premier Series 1.50m

Emma Jackson & Aaroch (purchased at Cavan August 2014) won 4yo Pegus Young Even Horse Balmoral 2015

Cooley Rorkes Drift (sold through Cavan Sales as Pay Cheque) successfully eventing with Jonty Evans finished an impressive 15th at the World Equestrian games - he was highest placed 7 year old

Quarrycrest Echo (Premier 3YO graduate) eventing with Piggy French

Edward Little and Jack Diamond shared 1st place ISH 5yo Studbook Class, owned by McLoughlin Bros

Cooley Performer (sold through Cavan as Derena Herbie) successfully eventing in the USA with Emma Kate Fisher

Discover winners Emmaleigh Webb and Carrabeg Lady Grey (purchased in Cavan 2012)

Deelside Womanizer is a Premier 3YO sale graduate going extremely well in Sweden

Cruisemeister hunting with Chriatian Bernard in France

Lenamore Cupid La Cruise successfully jumping in the UK!

Congrats to young rider Lily Pollock (15) and her pony Farrellys Charlie (sold by Cathal Farrelly) who claimed the honours in the Supreme Show Hunter Pony Championships in the international arena on her Hickstead debut.

Congratulations to Millie Dumas and Duke of Cavan crowned Winner Tattersalls International CCI** u25 2014 Duke of Cavan purchased as a 4YO at Cavan's Sales

Jenna Stead with Ard Lipstick successfully competing 1m30 in Scotland.

Winner of Elite Division Qualifier in Sweden 2 were purchased at Cavan Sales

Congratulations to FLEXIBLE who was been named 2012 USEF International Horse of the Year and Rich Fellers who was named 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year!

Law in L.A. (pictured left) winner of 2012 5 Year old Championship 2012 in Slovenia

Lismon De Reve Creme (pictured right) won Cavan Classic 4 Year Old 2012 with Shane Quinn

Clarkes Ferro with Dag-Ove Kingsrod in Norway.

Quick Dollar 50,000 Grand Prix winner in California

Shane Goggins went extremely well in the 4YO classes in 2012 Honeylands Claddagh

Away Cruising (pictured right) took top honours in FEHL 4YO Young Event horses RDS, Dublin 2011 and heading for Burghley 2013

Birchgrove Tiger Woods with Jodie Crawford. Winner HOYS Blue Chip Newcomers Championship 2012, winner POYS JC 2012, winner POYS Novice 2011 and has his 4 Foxhunter double clears for 2013

Jumbo (pictured right)by Cascaletto St.Ghvvan out of a Coolcaum Hill mare is jumping successfully in Slovenia

Charlotte Martin with her horse West End Artist qualified Lycetts British Eventing Young Horse championships 2012, 29 at dressage in 4YO class at Tweseldown Horse Trials jumped clear sj and clear Xc! He came 3rd and qualified for championships end of September 2012

Camilla Spiers with Portersize Just A Jiff at the 2012 London Olympics

Claggan Golden Girl bought as a 3YO in 2009 and rapidly moving up the charts in Slovenia

The Big Boy Grand Prix Showjumper with Mervyn Clarke Jr.

Lars Nieberg (Germany) on Katie Riddle competing successfully on the International circuit

Macushla R by Aldatus Z has proven himself with Eddie Moloney with the Premier Grand Prix at Tattersalls one of their top wins of 2011

Alexander Butler with Riverside Ace won the 6&7yo CII in 2010 and qualified for 7&8yo international class at the RDS 2011

Claddagh Cruise On winner of 5yo championship Milstreet 11 and won the 4yo class RDS 10.

Mrs Quinn is continiuing her successes with Greg Borderick

Highland Cruiser II jumping International Stairways and Young Rider Grand Prix, up to 1.60m level with Harriet Nuttall. 2nd Hickstead speed derby, on GB young riders teams for 2012, 5th Young Rider Grand Prix at viewing trials, joint 3rd in the Nations at the viewing trials

Krystal Clover 2nd purchased as a 3YO in 2010 has now qualified British Novice, Discovery, Newcomers and National Amateur Final 2012-UPDATE won the 2nd round discovery regional final at Sykehose Arena - qualified for Scope

CONFUSED jumping newcomers and foxhunter qualifieD for Scope 2012, competed dubarry young event horse in 2011 and shown with great succsess in coloured flat classes

Lady Todd Purchased as a just backed 7YO in 2010 - now qualified BS Discovery and Newcomers nowjumping 1m20/1m30 also 2nd in 6-Bar Christmas 2011 jumping 1'55 and giving it two foot!

Legaland Courage Z competing in 4 year old classes with Catherine Thornton.

Farrellys Spirit jumping successfully with John McGuinness

Lochan Lisa with her proud owner Joan Hinchliffe (purchased by her husband Martin) on her first time out at the North East Connemara Pony Breeders Show won the 3yo filly class and won the Junior Championship.

Classic Scott is now a very succesful Irish Draught stallion standing in Scotland

Gloster Boy purchased by Anne Stanley won 6&6yo working hunter pony Super Star Search Cavan 2010 & won won 1st Eventin Ireland evend at Annaharvey 2011

Cornet Son

Jack Lynchpin (formerly Ballymote Clover) now part of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in the UK was part of the Royal Wedding!

Uncanny - but true!
Gerard Clarke won 2 legs of the Chippison Grand Prix on 2 different horses within 2 weeks which were both purchased at Cavan Sales and produced by Gerard Ardragh Stein and Kellswater Crimson!



Gerard was also a winner at Balmoral International Horse Show and has also qualifed for Royal Dublin Horse Show 2011 with Ardragh Stein.

Cadavloro by Caretino purchased by David Kerr and now showjumping successfully in the UK

Kelda Morgan with Orbiting a 5YO by Limmerick

Gabriel Tunney with Lavish

Sallymount du Cruise with Oinri Jackson won a division of the 4 year old eventing class which saw them on the road to the RDS Dublin 2010.

4 Year Old by Captain Clover competing successfully in England with David Wingrove

CHS First Quality is competing at international level in Germany and won the Everswinkel CIC1* 2009 event

Pebbly Pipe Dream with Abi Bolton was crowned Dick Saunders Supreme Pony Champion at Hickstead (the first working hunter pony to have achieved this.

Congratulations to Camaron Hills Quick Dollar with Joie Gatlin winner of the $50,000 HITS CSI-W Grand Prix winner in Thermal, California on 6th March 2010. Quick Dollar was a graduate of the Young Stock Sales at Cavan.

Clarkes Ferro with Dag Ove Kingsrod pictured here winning the Final at the Arctic Equestrian Games in Norway. Clarkes Ferro was bred by Matthew McBreen and sold by John Clarke at Cavan's Elite 3YO Sale and purchased and produced by Mervyn Clarke Jr.

Master Douglas by Ard VDL Douglas qualified for Burghley 4YO's first time out

George pictured with Kelda Morgan

Blackstone Bobby pictured with Rebecca Cusack competing competing at Cavan Young Riders August '09 - now competing successfully all over Ireland

Skippy Clover Boy by Skippy Clover qualifier for Burghley 5YO class first time out.

Portersize Just a Jif competing with Camilla Spiers placed 14th in Badminton 2010

Fox's Billy Whizz who jumped 2 05m with Peter Smyth to win the Kingsland Puissance at Cavan Indoor International 2009

Richmondlea Delia bred by Mrs. JM Doherty, was the 2010 Supreme Champion Led Irish Draught or Sport Horse at Royal Melbourne Show in Australia

5 horses hunting with the Vale of Lune Harriers in UK bought throughout 2009 by Peter Pimbley

Lavally Prince competed at the European Pony Championships in 2008 and 2009

Jumping 1m30 competitions in Italy

Rocky Bond with Philip Gaw won Ulster Region Grand Prix was a graduate of Elite Sale 2007

Whinney Lass with Jennifer Kuehnle winner of Discovery U10 National Championship 2009

Gate Lodge Boy purchased as a 3YO and competed successfully with Simon Trent in 2009 - won 4YO Final July and placed in August. Sire Corland out of a Ballinvella x Cloverhill mare

Dream Touch with Harvey Smith

Graduate of Elite 3YO sale 2008

Ringwood Glen 5YO by VDL Arkansas owned by Ministry of Defence and ridden by Captain David O'Brien -4th Dublin '09 5YO's and jumped in Lanaken World Breeding Championships 09 - bred by Ray O'Reilly

Remax Royal Touch (pictured here at the FEHI Final in RDS 2008) with John Bannon has been placed in all outings to date and in all Dublin qualifiers

Outrath Bandit with Emma Gascoine successfully eventing in the UK

Fiona Davidson with her VDL Arkansas who has been placed every time out and best to date is winning his 5YO PAVO qualifier with a dressage mark of 18.5!

Fernhill Clover Mist ridden by Patricia Ryan and shortlisted for 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The Colour of Money who won individual gold at the 2008 European Pony Championships with George Whitaker(pictured left)

Castleroche Red October 5th at Balmoral Grand Prix(pictured right).

Porsha ridden by Harvey Smith qualified for RDS 2008 5YO Class - Porsha is a graduate of Cavan' Elite 3YO sale(pictured left).

Sonas Rovatio with Robert Frazer - RDS 6YO Qualifier 2008(pictured right).

Cool Diamond Countess with Kelda Morgan 4YO RDS Qualifier 2008 (pictured left).

Caltra Forever ridden by Paul Devlin - 8YO Class RDS Qualifier 2011(pictured right).

Ballyshan Arkansas 2003 bay gelding by VDL Arkansas and out of a Cavalier Royale mare was purchased as a foal at Cavan and as a 5YO made the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses Lanaken 2008(pictured left).

Clogherboy Star in Spruce Meadows Canada with Alison White(pictured right).

Gerard Clarke with Kellswater Crimson winner of the League Grand Prix at Cavan May 2008(pictured left).

Butlers Alidan Winner of Working Hunter HOYS 07, qualified for RHS 06, 07 & 08 and HOYS 06 & 07 (pictured below).

Munroe GG with Alan Horan 8YO competing at mini Grand Prix level(pictured right).

Sallymount Touch of Clover qualified for RDS 6YO Class 2008 with Fiona Campbell(pictured left).

Brialyn Gold placed recently in 2008 Championship at Cavan with Katherine Arthur(pictured right)

Quantum Light with Jessie Drea who took two top places at the Pony of the Year Show at (pictured left).

Lady Latt as a 4YO won RDS qualifier Barnadown and 4YO champion RDS, as a 5YO won several Irish Horse Board classes and 5YO champion RDS(pictured right).

Derg Showdown a Touchdown Mare qualified for 5YO class at RDS Dublin 2007 with John O'Hagan(pictured left).

Da Rude successfully qualified for the RDS Dublin 2007 with Mary McShane(pictured right)

Springview Kings Cavalier by Kings Master being competed by Cathryn Hutchinson(pictured left).

Celtic Sunrise owned by Hannah Jones and seen here eventing with Matt Ryan triple Olympic Gold Medalist (pictured right).

Real Cool Dude being successfully ridden by Dean Ponton was placed 1st at the Horse of the Year show and lately has qualified for the Royal International Show (pictured left)

Mrs Quinn by Laughtons Flight being jumped by Allen Kruger in Canada (pictured below)

The Goat, Twice National Champion of Finland. Maxol, Winner of many National Grand Prix in Finland. Southern Cross, National Champion of Denmark. Grey Lady, Major winner of many classes in Denmark. Shalom Hall, Young Rider European Bronze Medalist. Jays Thunder & Baroque major winners in Sweden. Shalom Red, winner of International Young Riders Class at Oslo 2001. Shalom Superpower, competed at national Grand Prix level in Germany.

Bunrower Lad owned by Louise Gaunt - Qualified RIHS Hickstead within 3 months of sale(pictured left).

Poetic Justice II Qualified first time out for British Eventing Young Horse Championships (5YO) at Tweseldown in Oct 08, 2nd in his first Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier and qualified for the finals at Burghley September 2007(pictured below)

Rocktango has won riding club, cross country, eventing and showjumping qualifiers virtually every year since he was purchased at the sales in 2001(pictured left).

Hannah Peters with Cape Clear Crystal at The Pony of the Year Show 2007(pictured below)

Lockwood Shadow competing in Sweden with Frieda Norstadt (pictured left). Greyfriars Bobby sold to Norway (pictured below)

Holland is the place to be to view these beautiful hunters pictured above in all their splendour hard at work.

Some have gone on to be successful in the forces including Boro (formerly Balrath Rebel) seen below ridden by Garda John Stafford and Jack Lynchpin (formerly Ballymote Clover)now part of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in the UK. Maurice Grace showing his Big Sink Hope 3 year old purchased in Cavan in August 2006.

Kimberley Bennion jumping in the UK on Glenfield Quest(pictured left).

Shot in the Dark competing successfully in hunting classes in Canada with Kathleen Bellowes (pictured right).
Clover Leaf competed Internationally in Sweden before sold to America and is now competing successfully for Lesley Burr Howard: Shalom Tango & Shalom Buttercup are competing successfully in Spain at the moment: Ballyrose competed for the British European Junior team in 2001, this is to mention but a few.

There are also quite a few ponies doing very well; Silver Ghost (pictured left)jumping successfully in England with Beth Ford

'is Nibs (pictured below)a striking Connemara has been mega successful in working hunter classes and won ridden Connemara at the Royal Show and was 4th at the Horse of the Year show @ NEC Birmingham

Chloe Hill did not take long to get Cloonahinch Book (pictured below)ready, after acquiring the pony in 2005 Chloe and Cloonahinch Book were the proud winners of the Blue Chip Winter Championships 2006

Shirwell Scarlett Ribons by Cruising who reached Grade A in the UK and won numerous competitions including the area championship.

Other successful ponies competing in England at present are - Triple Flash, The Goose, Darraks Tonto, Darraks Moschino, T-Ath Leis, Gems Pure Genius, Connor's Classic.

Other successes that have come up through the ranks (all pictured below) are Mervyn Clarke Jnr. and Quick Dollarwho had numerous high profile wins including winner of 5 Year Old Cavan Classic and National 6 Year Old Champion Barnadown now jumping in California where he achieved his first Grand Prix win, Ringwood Cockatoo and Bettina Hoy (Ger) winner of CIC 3* Luhmuhlen June 08 and competitor in Athens 04and Master Couture eventing with Ruth Friend in the UK.

In Spain, Shalom Outlaw, former European Pony Gold Medalist, Golden Sparking Lady and in Norway, Costie, South Supreme etc.

Julia Weiser (Ger) eventing with Irish Beauty

If you have a Success Story that you wish included please email a photo, details of success and the sale from which it graduated.

At all times the Clarke Family and their staff will be available to assist you and offer their professional service and would be delighted to welcome you to Cavan. Our facilities are excellent and the atmosphere is certain to be electric. You never know, you just might acquire a potential champion competition horse or the most adorable pleasure riding horse or pony.