THE Whip and Collar Driving Club held a highly successful event at the Irish Game Fair, Shane’s Castle, Antrim on Saturday, May 25. It was a superb day, set in the magnificent woodland of this phenomenal estate. The Game Fair showcases country sports like Irish hunting, shooting and fishing and this was a wonderful opportunity for the club to display on the day 15 carriage driving exhibits, with both drivers and horses produced to an impressive and distinctive standard.
The vehicles on display varied from milk floats, butchers’ carts, Landau, gigs, hackney wagons and a Kinross’s of Stirling Dog Cart, to name but a few. Whip and Collar Driving Club members were also involved in transporting the dignitaries in an open carriage for the opening ceremony of the Game Fair.
The club are especially indebted to Mr Albert Titterington for his kind invitation to join in with these illustrious celebrations at the Game Fair. Albert has a lifetime commitment and passion in promoting all country sports.
Also, a massive thanks to club member Mr Philip Titterington, who organised the parade of the horse drawn vehicles on the day, along with compering. Philip is very adept and proved highly capable of organising all the exhibits on the day. Also, Philip was on hand to oversee the participation of the donkey enthusiasts from the Northern Ireland Donkey Breed Society, which proved very popular with the crowds. This took the form of an Open Day in their Donkey Village, where onlookers were able to watch displays and get up close to the donkeys.
Organisers look forward in anticipation to be back at the Game Fair again next year, after receiving a further invitation from Mr Albert Titterington.
For all driving enthusiasts, the next show is also being held at Shane’s Castle, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Carriage Driving Association, who have kindly asked the Whip and Collar Driving Club to run a show alongside their events. Everyone is welcome to attend and either exhibit or spectate at what promises to be an exciting day of showing, with new sponsors on board for this show.
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