THE Old Thatch Inn, Castle-dawson, was the venue for the NI Dexter Cattle Group’s Presentation Even-ing. A large turnout of members received a warm welcome from Chairman Ryan Lavery, who after giving a brief overview of the evening, recalled the many events which the group had held throughout the year.
After a superb meal, Ryan intro-duced the evening entertainment in the form of Rodney Clarke, a local comedian. Rodney kept members in laughter with tales of his life, innuendos about Northern Ireland and its people.
In fine form, the evening continued with founding member Deirdre Hilton, MBE, presenting the NI Group cups to members who had exhibited at the recent Balmoral Show in September. Speaking afterwards, Deirdre expressed her delight at the quality of cattle on show, and was very proud to see the group progressing as it begins its 20th anniversary in 2022.
After the presentation, Rodney Clarke was invited back to the stage again to auction items which the group had been donated to raise funds for the Air Ambulance charity. Spirited bidding took place with Rodney keeping the ‘craic’ going throughout, resulting in the group raising an astonishing £2,000 for the charity.
Concluding the evening, Chair Ryan Lavery thanked the Old Thatch Inn for its hospitality, Rodney Clarke for his entertainment and Deirdre Hilton for presenting the cups. He also thanked the sponsors and bidders in the auction and all who helped in organising the event and a special thanks to the NI Group Committee, which had been working hard in the background throughout the year organising events for members.
Ryan concluded by thanking all those who attended the evening and reminding everyone about the group’s 20th anniversary in 2022 and that the group would be announcing an action-packed year of events next month.
Balmoral Show Cup Winners:
The Presidents Cup for Champion – Ryan Lavery, Derryola Dixie
Brian Strong Memorial Cup for Reserve Champion – Bloomer Family, Northbrook Atlas
Bingham Family Cup for Cow – Bloomer Family, Northbrook Jane
Hilton Perpetual Cup for Senior Heifer – Ryan Lavery, Derryola Dixie
Frazer Family Cup for Maiden Heifer – Ben Neill, Cadian Hope
Carnbrooke Cup for Senior Bull – Bloomer Family, Northbrook Atlas
Tully Farm Cup for Junior Bull – McAreavey Family, Ballinderry Spartan
DCS NI Group Cup for Pairs – Bloomer Family
Junior Young Handler – Grace and Jane Bloomer
Senior Young Handler – James O’Rourke
Showman of the Year – Thomas and Peter McAreavey
Best Newcomer – Ben Neill, Pinbox Dexters
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