THE Saintfield District Show Committee is delighted to be able to run its show again in 2022, with the event set to take place on Saturday, June 18. The Lawson family has generously agreed to host the show again at Glenbrook Farm, 12 Lough Road, Lisburn, BT27 6US.
The show, now in its 77th year, has a great history of showcasing all things agricultural and equestrian to the local County Down community.
The schedule and entry forms are now online at saintfieldshow.co.uk and any queries can be sent by email to the secretary Alison Cleland at firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 07821 588390.
n Closing date for entries has been extended to June 11.
Please note all committee members, including the secretary, are volunteers with their own jobs, so please be patient in waiting on a return call.
Entry to the show is £10 per person payable at the gate; children under-14 are free.
There will be the usual variety of craft and trade stands, along with children’s entertainment, petting farm, etc.
The committee would also like to thank all the local businesses that have sponsored various sections throughout the show. CES Quarry Products has once again been very supportive, both with monetary sponsorship and in providing stones to repair lanes, etc, after the show.
There will be fun classes for family pets, which can be entered on the day. There will be rosettes for all entrants.
It is great to see the Avian Flu restrictions being lifted. Poultry section organisers hope to see a great entry in the show this year. There are 127 classes, which will be judged by Guy Richardson and Ryan Liggett. There are eight cups, rosettes and prize money to be given out on the day.
There will be the usual selection of cattle classes this year, with a variety of cups up for grabs.
This year there will be 12 breed classes, and this includes for the first time Valais Blacknose, whose placid nature should make them a favourite with visitors. The sheep section will also welcome the East Down Suffolk Club, which will run its championship in conjunction with the Suffolk classes.
Saintfield Show has also been included in the Texel Show Flock Competition with points gained in all classes. All Texel classes will be sponsored by United Feeds and the NI Texel Sheep Breeders Club.
One of the biggest highlights of the sheep section is the Saintfield Show Young Handlers Competition with two classes: 8-11 years old (Primary) and 12-16 years old (Secondary), both kindly sponsored by Late & Early Self Catering Cottage.
The sheep section will conclude with the inter-breed championship with all breeds represented. This will be kindly sponsored by Danske Bank and judged by Rex Vincent from England. The sheep section would like to thank their sponsors: Dawson Wham, Reid Farm Feeds, Danske Bank, United feeds, Tim Martin Estate Agents, Bowsie Partnership Architects, Railway Auto-Breakers NI, Texel Sheep Breeders Association and Late & Early Self Catering Cottage.
n Any enquiries to David Russell on 07791 741143.
Goats will return to Saintfield Show this year with 10 different classes. The champion goat will be presented with the Newport Collections Cup.
There will be seven classes of pygmy goats at this year’s show, which will be run by the NI Pygmy Goat Club. Judging of both the goats and pygmy goats will be done by Harry Murray.
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