Ardnacashel’s Summer Show

LEFT: An impressive line-up of coloured horses from last year’s show. (FW29-509NN)

JUST over a week until Ardnacashel opens its gates for its Annual Summer Show on July 28. This year it’s even bigger and better than before with a fresh focus on old favourites such as family pony and veteran classes alongside new amateur classes with an additional Amateur Championship and a healthy prize pot for many classes.

Ardnacashel Equestrian, Comber, prides itself on retaining a welcoming family feel for all its competitions. Boasting an international size show jump arena with large warm-up, both arenas are fibre-based and are perfect to ride on, whatever the weather. Organisers will be running the showjumping classes in the international arena.

For those who are competing in the showing classes, you will not be disappointed with the ground conditions. They have been managing the grass arenas throughout this glorious warm weather and are confident that they will ride well on show day.

Set within 52 acres, Ardnacashel offers plenty of room for show rings and hunter rings and parking is never an issue.

There is always promise of an interesting working hunter course which is built by seasoned professionals who aim to be fair with regards to course design but also provide competitors with the experience of jumping a track that will provide a prime opportunity for those in the Open classes to show off their ring craft.

For those in the amateur classes, competitors will be welcomed to a well-dressed course and inviting in every way. In addition to this, there will be highly experienced judges in each of the rings who always gain positive feedback from past competitors and Ardnacashel is delighted that they will be part of this year’s Summer Show.

There is an updated schedule of events this year to include favourites such as Family Pony classes and veteran classes but in addition to that, there will be lots of new Amateur classes in Ridden Hunter, Cob and Working Hunter disciplines with an overall Amateur championship, with the Champion being presented with an Ardnacashel sash and beautiful three-tiered rosettes.

Springmount Eggs, Ballygowan is kindly sponsoring the Amateur section with five bales of top quality hay to present to the Champion Amateur. Ardnacashel is very excited about the addition of the Amateur section and hopes that competitors will delight in what we have to offer.

Ardnacashel is pleased to have added several names to its list of generous sponsors this year and in addition to fabulous rosettes, there is also very attractive prize money for many classes. Sponsors for this year are H & J Carnduff butchers/The Butchers Deli, Drumhowan Stud, Ian’s Driving School, Botanica, Bailey’s Horse Feeds and Millie’s Horse Jumps and Timber Product.

Show days can be long and Ardnacashel offers a range of fresh food, prepared on site, at Ella’s Kitchen. They will also have ice cold refreshments and delicious ice cream to keep competitors and their teams hydrated and refreshed on what should be an action-packed day.

The show will run on July 28 with all rings starting at 10am.

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