For the fourth year running the idyllic surroundings of Castlewellan Forest Park were the venue for the town’s annual horse and agricultural show, which as usual attracted a large crowd of spectators.
Entries for the event showed a big improvement, and this, according to show secretary Mr F J McComiskey, was directly attributable to the excellent co-operation of the townspeople: “The local residents give us all the necessary help with organising and stewarding. The success of the show is due principally to them.”
Some new trophies, including the Down County Livestock Mart (Downpatrick) Ltd Perpetual Challenge Cup – awarded for the best fat lamb – were being competed for.
The overall standard of the exhibits was very high, and this was remarked on by one of the cattle judges, Mr T G Lindsay, Toberagnee, Templepatrick, who was “very impressed” with the animals on parade. Both Mr Lindsay, and the other cattle judge, Mr David Howie, Hillend Farm, Crossford, Lanarkshire, had a difficult job deciding between Mr T F Duncan’s Largyvale Mint 5th, and Darling 7th, owned by Mr Henry J McKeown, for the supreme championship.
“The Duncan heifer was finer of shoulder,” said Mr Lindsay, “and this just swung things in her favour.”
One of the “celebrities” at the show, Muriel Irwin, the Co Down Dairy Princess, presented the championship award, the Barbican Cup, to Mr Duncan.
Another judge who poured praise on the exhibits was Mr James Blair, Drumlee, Ballymoney, who placed the heavy horses: “The tops are really magnificent; they could compete in any company, even in Scotland.”