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The Monart Sale 2019

Lot 052 from Monart on Vimeo. Paulank Pepper Pot - half brother to Sam Griffiths' 5* winner, Paulank Brockagh


Where in the world can you find a Conde Naste worldwide top 3 5* spa, a plethora of international 5* event riders and an auction catalogue full of potential 5* event horses?  The answer, The Monart Sale, Ireland, from the 4th – 6th November 2019.

Run by riders for riders, Ireland’s Monart Sale has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2010, and attracts riders, from all around the world, looking for their next eventing superstar.  In its 10th anniversary year the Monart class of 2019 offers the best quality register to date with 117 world class young horses, carefully selected by an equally world class panel of riders.

Organised by Niall Griffin who has represented Ireland at two European Championships, a World Equestrian Games and two Olympic Games, and supported by a selection panel of Polly Jackson, who has represented Great Britain at European Championships, and Australia’s Bill Levett who has amassed a number of top 10 finishes at 5* level over a glittering career.

“We’re in the enviable position this year in that we’ve had so many top-quality horses to choose from” says organiser Niall Griffin.  “We had over 300 3-year-olds come forward, and the quality has increased year on year.  Buyers will see that this year’s catalogue has a higher percentage of thoroughbred blood than previous years.”

The Monart Sale started with a vision to bring together good quality horses with good quality riders, that vision has been unwavering over the past decade.

“Our vision was to make the buyer feel safe and give the vendors a platform where they could showcase what they have to offer, in a simple, relaxed and transparent environment” comments say Niall.

Monart has attracted a number of notable buyers over the years with 2018 lots being snapped up by Michael Jung, Oliver Townend, Astier Nicholas, and the top lot (CBI Aldo - €45,000) being sold to New Zealand’s Caroline Powell.

Mary King MBE had never been to an equine auction prior to attending the 2018 sale, but a last-minute trip to the Co. Wexford venue paid dividends for herself and daughter Emily.

“I’ve never been to a horse sale in my life, so I’m a complete novice but I’ve really enjoyed it and bought a horse” commented Mary King of the 2018 sale.

JP Sheffield has been a keen supporter of The Monart Sale across the years.  Speaking after the 2018 sale he commented;

“You can see a lot of horses here in really good facilities and we get looked after really well.  We’ve bought here before and there was more blood here and more thoroughbred breeding here than before.  The quality just keeps getting better.  We’ll certainly be back again – stay in the lovely hotel and buy some equally lovely horses”

Tim and Antonia Brown have had much success, in both the eventing and dressage fields, when it comes to sourcing and producing young horses, and Monart has been a go to venue for them since 2010.

“We have had great success with our Monart purchases including SBT Prospector bought as a 4-year-old and selected for Le Lion D’Angers as a 6-year-old, along with others such as Glountain Ruby Royal that qualified for the British Young Horse Championships.

We are excited to be returning for the 10th Anniversary of this great auction and congratulate Polly and Niall for continuing to find such top-class horses for us to see.”

Previous Monart Graduates include:

  • Lassban Diamond Lift, competed by Bill Levett for Australia, who finished 15th Badminton CCI5* 2019.
  • Cooley Rorkes Drift, competed by Jonty Evans for Ireland, who finished 9th at the 2016 Rio Olympics and claimed the Grantham Cup at Belton 2018.
  • Gortfadda Diamond, competed by Emilie Chandler, winner of the Blair Castle CCI4*L this year.
  • Prince Mayo who campaigned under Australia’s Paul Tapner to win the Tattersalls CCI4*L in 2016, and now resides with Matthew Wright.

Footage of the class of 2019 can be viewed at


       Lassban Diamond Lift and Bill Levett at Badminton CCI5* 2019