At the start of 2019 I faced the unexpected loss of my beautiful horse. Life never seems to go as planned ‘we’ were going to ‘hang our boots up together’. Instead I found myself deliberating if I should give up horses after 40 plus years or establish a new relationship with a new companion! I (with the support of my long suffering partner), finally came to the conclusion it was time to find a new friend. This is where my difficult search and ‘dip’ into the ‘horses for sale’ market commenced. I had looked at Irish Sport Equine’s site numerous times during my search, as Gerty had many a horse advertised that caught my eye, but, like many others, I was just not confident to purchase unseen off a website! Moving forwards eight months and having endured over 4000 miles of travel I had still not found a new friend, I had however succumbed to a significant loss of confidence. It was at that point that my partner and I decided to hop on a plane and visit the home of Irish Sport Equine! Upon arrival at the yard, Gerty was friendly, welcoming, open and honest. Gerty took the time to talk to me, and to genuinely discuss what I was looking for. This lady is an experienced horse woman and really knows her ponies – LISTEN to what she has to say. The yard is immaculate with every horse happy and well looked after. Gerty reassured me she would find me a suitable horse and would get back in touch. Weeks passed, I continued trying horses, my nerves getting more and more frayed! Then along came William! Gerty pointed out he was a youngster so I would benefit, initially, from professional support. Gerty also reassured me he was as genuine as they come. Following a vetting, which again Gerty was over-accommodating and helpful with, I made the decision to purchase my first ever ‘unseen’ horse! Nervous and apprehensive was an understatement! During every step of the purchase Gerty reassured me that if I was not happy with ‘William’ I could exchange him. Gerty arranged his transport to the UK and even obliged me by sending a video of him loading and leaving Ireland. The transport company secured by Gerty kept in touch with me and let me know progress at regular intervals. William was delivered, on time, the following day from departure looking like he had quite literally travelled a mile down the road! There were no hidden surprises. William was EXACTLY as described.
I have had William with me now for just over five weeks. Whilst we have only hacked and schooled, this boy has, so far, not put a foot wrong. I cannot recommend Irish Sport Equine enough. Just please remember if you are purchasing a young horse you are doing exactly that! William is a credit to Gerty’s high standards. Thank you Gerty for one amazing honest William (the wonderful)!.
30 /10/ 2019