AFTER the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s event due to Covid, the County Londonderry Horse Breeding Society will be hosting its 53rd Clydesdale Foal Show on Saturday, December 11, within Ballymena Livestock Market, with judging starting at 10.30am.
The judge for this year’s show is Charlotte Young, from the well-known Doura Stud in Ayrshire.
There will be classes for all ages of horses, including Senior and Foal Championships. The popular Young Handlers competition will be held after the Overall Championship, it is open to 10-18 year olds and kindly sponsored annually by Wendy Holmes of Bratwell Clydesdales. Entries for all classes will be taken on the day.
The CLHBS is grateful to the following sponsors – SH Coleman (Glarryford) Ltd, Riada Vets, Ballymoney, and Steele Farm Supplies, Ballymoney/Ballymena. Huge thanks also goes 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 14th year under cover in Ballymena and members are indebted to JA McClelland & Sons and staff for granting them 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.
Due to Covid, it was decided not to run the annual raffle this year, but society members are still donating to a very worthy charity, MNDANI – Motor Neurone Disease Association (Northern Ireland).
A cheque for £1,000 will be presented at the show.
The society’s ever popular social gathering will be held in the Bush Tavern, Ballymoney, from 9pm on the night of the show, with entertainment music from Kevin Hughes, so if you enjoy a good night’s craic you are more than welcome to attend.
Any enquires please contact Yvonne Hanna, Secretary, on 028 276 63470.
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