PREPARATIONS are in full swing at Omagh’s Showgrounds for Tyrone Farming Society’s 179th Annual Omagh Show, being held this Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. The marquees are up, trade stand space is allocated, catering facilities are organized and the arenas are getting the final touches for what promises to be another great event. The warm-up arena has had a major makeover from the experts and all should be in order for great competitions. The weather has played its part in keeping the grounds well watered and in good jumping condition. Watering plans are in hand to ensure that conditions are maintained.
A new Accumulator competition takes place this year, ahead of the New Heights Champions Series on Saturday and it is very generously sponsored by TRM’s MD Raoul Masterson. The Four-Year-Old class is having a more gentle approach to encourage young Four-Year-Olds to take part and give them a rewarding experience. By popular local demand, the Omagh Puissance wall is getting an airing and the prize fund for it is very generously contributed by Andrew Short at AJS Promotions. It is not a qualifier for the RDS this year.
There is a full programme of jumping, working hunter and showing classes to take place over this coming Friday and Saturday, starting from 9.30am, together with a wide variety of agricultural and home industries classes. The show jumping event of note is, of course, the TRM/ HSI New Heights Champions Series Grand Prix Qualifier, which is scheduled for approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon and there are many more exciting classes to view.
There is an opportunity for young show jumpers on Saturday to accumulate points for the Ulster Region Pony Points Cup and the Pony Club will run their Qualifying event in the Pony Arena 3 on Saturday evening after the 148 pony competitions.
Should you care to spend a weekend in Omagh, there is a steak barbecue at the Showgrounds on Friday evening at 9pm. Everyone is welcome and tickets are available from the Show office. Music for the evening is provided by Soundwaves. Parking facilities are good and there is a half hourly shuttle bus service from Omagh Bus Depot throughout Saturday. While you will no doubt enjoy the horse and pony events, there are many other interesting happenings throughout the two days and you may even find that you are featuring on TV!