THE Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) is delighted to announce a spectacular line-up of judges for the 152nd Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank, taking place from September 22 to 25.
As Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, the Show attracts a high calibre of judges from across the UK and Ireland, who will have the honour of crowning the 2021 Champions of the Show.
Michaela Bowling from Lancashire will judge the Hunters and Supreme Hunter Championship, alongside Irish judge Conor Higgins. Furthermore, the English judge will have her hands full also taking care of the Ladies Hunter Astride, Riding Horses and Ladies Side Saddle Balmoral Classic along with Philippa Scott, from Mayo.
Judges Peter Crafts from Lincolnshire and Maura Rooney from Westmeath will take the reins with the Performance Ridden Irish Draught and they will be joined by Buckinghamshire Judge Lucinda Starling for the Registered Irish Draught Ridden.
Chris Ryan from Co. Limerick and Eric Smiley, who travels from Dorset, will take care of the Performance Horse Championships, a new class to the 2021 line up.
A full list of judges can be viewed online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk
The Balmoral Show will run from Wednesday, September 22 to Saturday, September 25, that’s four action-packed days of family fun. Come along and visit the show this year, whether you’re from the city or countryside, a first time visitor or repeat show-goer, organisers hope to see you there. Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk
Please note, this year tickets are day specific only and must be purchased prior to the Show. Conditions of entry can be found online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.
Horse & Pony Judges
Agricultural Horses, Clydesdales in hand & Young Handler, Trade Turnouts (Heavy), Horse Parade: Ian Craig, Ayrshire.
Clydesdale Ridden: Ian Craig, Ayrshire; Charlotte Dun, Midlothian.
Breeding & Young Stock: Richard Ramsay; Philip Ramsay.
Hunters: Michaela Bowling, Lancashire; Conor Higgins, Tipperary.
Supreme Hunter Championship: Michaela Bowling, Lancashire; Conor Higgins, Tipperary.
Performance Ridden Irish Draught: Peter Crafts, Lincolnshire; Lucinda Starling, Buckinghamshire; Maura Rooney, Westmeath.
Registered Irish Draught Ridden: Peter Crafts, Lincolnshire; Maura Rooney, Westmeath.
Cobs & Maxi Cobs: Morag Snow, Fife; Julia Furness, Berwickshire.
Coloured: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Philip Scott, Co. Mayo.
Ladies Hunter Astride: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Michaela Bowling, Lancashire.
Riding Horses: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Michaela Bowling, Lancashire.
Ladies Side Saddle Balmoral Classic: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Michaela Bowling, Lancashire.
Working Hunter Horses: Morag Snow, Fife; Julia Furness, Berwickshire.
Small Working Hunter and Cob Working Hunter: Morag Snow, Fife; Georgina Maywood, Essex.
Hackney / Private Driving and Trade Turnouts (Light): Gary Docking, West Sussex.
Racehorse to Riding horse: Patrick Mullins, Kilkenny; Noel Chance, Downpatrick.
Performance Horse Championships: Chris Ryan, Co Limerick; Eric Smiley, Dorset.
Children’s Ponies (Ridden): Julia Furness, Berwickshire; Andrew Bowie, Kinross.
Working Hunter Ponies: Julia Furness, Berwickshire; Andrew Bowie, Kinross.
Connemara Ponies and Ridden & Working Hunter: Philip Scott, Co. Mayo; Mairead Ryan, Dublin.
Donkey Classes: Robert Cunningham, South Lanarkshire.
Referee Judge: John Bamber, Dromore; Diane Gibson, Newtownabbey.