THE hunting, point to point and Ulster racing fraternity were saddened to learn of the passing of Johnny Vance. The Vance family have long been associated with the point to point scene, with both Johnny and sister Susan, having recorded winners on the local circuit.
Johnny was a stalwart of the Fermanagh Hunt and, like his late father Billy, became Master of the Hunt and was a leading figure in organising the two-day Necarne point to point.
A true Corinthian rider, Johnny and his sister won multiple races on ‘Voldi’ and ‘Annies Arthur’, along with ‘Ballysadare Bay’ – all home-bred from ‘Annie Sue VI’, which won a total of 23 races with Johnny’s father, Billy partnering her to many of the victories.
Johnny Vance rode a total of 20 winners and was the oldest Master of Hounds. He was always cheerful, ready to assist and just a nice person to have in your company and will be very sadly missed by his very many friends.
The funeral took place on Thursday of last week at Clones Presbyterian Church. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund and Cavan/ Monaghan Palliative Care.
Condolences are extended to the large family circle.