Gearing up for a cracker of a Clydesdale Foal Show

CLYDESDALE PREVIEW RI Farm
LEFT: Last year’s 2018 Clydesdale Foal Show Overall Champion, Agivey Sophie and winner of NISA/Lisburn Equestrian and Farm Feeds’ Clydesdale Championship 2019 with breeder/owner David Patterson. PICTURE: (courtesy of Amanda Stewart Photography).

THE County Londonderry Horse Breeding Society will be hosting its 52nd Clydesdale Foal Show on Saturday, December 14, within Ballymena Livestock Market, with judging at 10.30am.

The judge for this year’s show is James Tennant, part of the show team from the well known West Forth Clydesdales, Lanarkshire.

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 12-16 year olds, 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 – Cahill Carr MRCVS, SH Coleman (Glarryford) Ltd, A Diamond & Son and Steele Farm Supplies. Massive 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 13th year under cover in Ballymena and organisers are indebted to J A 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 go 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 with tickets available on the day.

Proceeds from last year’s raffle

were given to the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. This year it is supporting the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

n 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 by 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 2766 3470.

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