From sky-diving to horse-shoeing, international sheep shearing to show jumping – this year’s “Royal Ulster” at Balmoral (May 27-30) again promises to provide plenty of attractions for everyone.
As always, the backbone of the Show is its livestock exhibits and entries in all sections are well up to the record levels of last year’s events.
A total of 2,500 entries have been received and with some 1,100 of these in the poultry section, the poultry show will rank as the largest in the British Isles.
Friesians will have the strongest representation of 120 entries in the cattle rings but there is also an excellent turnout of 70 in the classes for the ever popular Jersey.
The show is this year’s venue for the international sheep shearing championship and the Northern Ireland team will be defending the title which they won in 1969 on their “home ground” against competition from England, Scotland and Wales.
For the second year, a horse shoeing competition – the only one in Ireland – will be held and two features of the main jumping arena will be a pageant staged by the British Red Cross to commemorate their centenary year and a demonstration of sky-diving by members of the Parachute Regiment.