Clydesdale society ‘Christmas Cracker’

Clydesdale society ‘Christmas Cracker’
WINNERS: Last year’s 2017 Overall Champion, Bencannon Majestic Flowergirl (photo courtesy of Amanda Stewart Photography), with owner Jennifer Reid, Judge Hugh Ramsay, sponsors Craig Black (Bush Tavern) and Kenneth Irwin (Bluegrass Horse Feeds)

THE County Londonderry Horse Breeding Society will be hosting its 51st Clydesdale Foal Show on Saturday, December 8, at Ballymena Livestock Market at 10.30am.

The judge for this year’s show is Tom Fountain from the well known Woodhouse Clydesdale/Shire Stud in Derbyshire.

There will be classes for all ages of horses, to include Senior and Foal Championships. The popular Young Handlers competition will

be held after the Overall Champ-ionship. It is open to 10-18 year olds, kindly sponsored annually by Wendy Holmes of Bratwell Clydesdales. Entries for all classes taken on the day.

The CLHBS is honoured to have new sponsors this year, including Cahill Carr MRCVS, David Christie & Son, A Diamond & Son and Steele Farm Supplies.

Kind thanks also go to loyal sponsors Jervis Nutt Esq, Kenneth Irwin (Irwin Feeds/Bluegrass Horse

Feeds), The Clydesdale Horse Society and the numerous CLHBS members who have donated special prizes down throughout the classes.

This will be the 12th year undercover in Ballymena and the society is indebted to JA McClelland & Sons and its staff for granting permission to hold the show in such excellent facilities.

If you are a breeder, enthusiast or just interested in these gentle giants, please come along to Ballymena Market and see this year’s crop of foals and senior horses.

Gates will be open at 8am with judging commencing at 10.30am.

The society will be holding its Christmas raffle at the show; tickets will be available on the day. Proceeds from last year’s raffle were given to Causeway Alzheimer’s Society. This year the society is supporting Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

l The society’s ever popular soc-

ial gathering will be held in the Bush Tavern, Ballymoney, from 9pm on the night of the show with entertainment by Kevin Hughes, so if you enjoy a good night’s fun you are more than welcome to come along!

Any enquires please contact Yvonne Hanna (Secretary) on 0282 766 3470.

County Londonderry Horse Br-eeding Society has also announced the results of the Clydesdale young handlers championship 2018.

The society launched its first Young Handlers Championship 2018 at last year’s anniversary show. Points were accumulated at shows during the summer, and organisers were delighted that 16 different young handlers took part. Well done to all the Young Handlers who competed!

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