SAINTFIELD Show Committee welcomed their supporters and sponsors to the Show Launch Night at Rockmount Golf Club on May 21.
This year’s show will take place on Saturday, June 15 at Glenbrook Farm, by kind permission of the Lawson Family.
This is the second year that the show has been held at this venue. Glenbrook Farm was the former home of the late Mr A Terence Robinson – doyen of Coca Cola in Ireland and renowned Charolais sheep and Limousin cattle breeder.
In 1993, Peter and Frances Lawson identified Glenbrook as the ideal location to bring up their young family and develop their farming and conservation interests. The farm is on the Lough Road, set in the middle of the County Down rolling drumlins and just five miles from Lisburn City Centre. Glenbrook has developed over the years with various conservation initiatives focused on wetland habitats and native woodland corridors.
Pony classes are all pre-entry and the full schedule and entry form is available to download from the website.
Classes start at 11.30am and entry fee is £15. The show is a qualifier for various finals – full details are available on the website. Pre-entry via form from website.
Entry on the day is accepted, however with an additional £5 surcharge on fee. Pony classes commence at 9am sharp and horses commence after lunch.
These classes are pre-entry with entry forms on show website for downloading. All grooms must be presentable and best turned out groom on the day will receive a special prize.
The donkey classes will start at 10.30am and are open for anyone to enter. Organisers prefer pre-entry for this section and again schedules are available to download from the website. The judge is Dr Mary McAteer from Kildare. The highlight of the Donkey classes is the obstacle course, with donkeys and child, which is always great fun to watch.
Clydesdales/ Agricultural Horses
Open to all – but pre-entry – again with forms available on the website. The show is a qualifier for the AN Irwin & Sons/ NISA Clydesdale Championship with points awarded for animals placed first, second or third. There are also classes for Ridden Heavy Horse and Young Handler (no entry fee).
The miniature horse classes start at 2pm, again with Dr Mary McAteer from Kildare judging. Organisers are happy to take entries on the day for this class.
Killultagh Pony Club will be running the Show Jumping and this will start at 10am. Classes will start at Cross-poles/ 40cm up to 1m. All clear round jumping and entries will be taken on the day at the ring. Open to both horses and ponies.
As always, there will be the usual Agricultural Showing classes for sheep, pigs, cattle and poultry. New attractions this year include a vintage display along with ex Military vehicles. Baillies Mills Accordian band have kindly agreed to play during the day and there will be the usual attractions for kids including a free petting farm, reptile exhibit, bouncy castles and rides.
Entry costs are £10 per adult and parking and Under 16s are free. All schedules and entry forms can be downloaded from the show website: saintfieldshow.co.uk and the closing date for entries is June 8.
Any general enquiries, please contact the show secretary, Alison Cleland on 07821 588390 or email: email@example.com