LURGAN Park is the place to be on Saturday, June 4! This venue has always been one of the nicest settings in the Northern Ireland agricultural show calendar and the Committee are delighted to be back after a two-year hiatus due to Covid.
Equestrian section Chairperson Ciaran Cassidy is looking forward to welcoming familiar faces and hopefully some new ones: “It’s been a tough few years for everyone. Getting the Show up and running again after two years off has its challenges, but we are really excited to be back. We’re running a full schedule with something for everyone, so it will be a busy day.”
Busy indeed with over 100 classes across five rings, not including the Pony Club show jumping, which will be run as usual by the Killultagh branch. Ring 1 will be home to the ridden hunters, side-saddle and racehorse to riding horse classes, whilst ring 2 has all the usual Mountain and Moorland classes, both in-hand and ridden.
Pony breeding in-hand classes start proceedings in ring 3, followed by ridden show and show hunter ponies.
In the working hunter ring, Raymond Jess plans to build an inviting course for ponies, horses and M&Ms to try their luck over, with a special performance class for raced and unraced Thoroughbreds. Meanwhile, in ring 5, horses and youngstock in hand, Connemara ponies, Shetlands, miniature horses, family ponies and coloured ponies will keep judge Caoimhe Mulconroy on her toes! New to the schedule for 2022 are traditional cob classes, which have already attracted a lot of attention.
With seven ISA young horse, mare and foal qualifiers, as well as NPS Area 32 pony qualifiers for the championships in July at Clogher Valley, Lurgan Show promises to be a competitive and successful day.
Pre-entries have been extended until Monday, May 30, so there is still time to enter!
For more information, go to www.lurganshow.co.uk or contact Equestrian secretary Ros Ewing on 07736 118965.
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