The Whip and Collar Driving Club held its 3rd annual charity indoor event at Tullymurry Equestrian Centre on Bank Holiday Monday.
It was an overwhelming success with a large number of spectators and an increased number of exhibitors.
The day commenced with in-hand classes, the champion being the Brodie family’s Rocky a beautiful welsh pony. The novice driving class was won by Jeffrey Lyons driving a dutch harness horse, the exercise class under 13.2 was won by John Weir’s Milltown Boy, second Louie Magill.
The over 13.2 exercise class was won by Alex Fawcett, second going to Philip Titterington. The exercise champion was Alex Fawcett’s immaculately turned out Freisan horses, reserve John Weir with Milltown Boy.
The hackney pony class to a show wagon was won by William Trimble driving his American pony Heartland Advantage. Second was Denis O’Neill with Aghaderg Bold as Brass and third Richard Caddoo driving Heartland Shock & Awe.
The hackney horse class was a family affair with George Cunningham’s two nieces driving his two horses Wentworth Tiffany and Luddington Isabella with Ruth McCann winning driving Tiffany which was her first time driving a hackney to a show wagon, second Linda Skillen with Isabella.
The hackney champion was William Trimble with reserve going to Denis O’Neill.
The private drive class was won by Norman Brown’s Rosehall Tara Maiden driven by Alex Presho. Second place went to Deborah Teirney with Grace and third Martin Teirney with Lullabelle.
Denis O’Neill won the country cart class driving Aghaderg Bold as Brass to an American wagonette. The private drive champion was Alex Presho who received the Stewart Johnston cup and reserve was Denis O’Neill.
The concours d’ elegance was won by John Weir jnr driving Milltown Boy. Second was Jimmy Creighton driving Felix.
The trade class was surely something to behold with four immaculate and diverse vehicles on display, but the winner and truly a very spectacular turnout was Norman Brown’s Rosehall Tara Queen produced and driven by the very experienced Alex Presho. Second place went to John Weir’s Milltown Boy put to a milk float with Rory Creighton third driving Felix and Martin Teirney fourth with Lullabelle, both driving London trolleys.
Junior whip had three exhibitors. The winner was Milltown Boy driven by John Weir jnr, second Rory Creighton with Felix and Louie Magill with Pepper.
All the junior whip competitors received a medal sponsored by Aghaderg Hackney Stud.
The indoor charity event was very proud to be affiliated to championship shows being the Hackney Horse Society, British Driving Society, Victoria Foods.
The judge appointed was the highly acclaimed Geoff Dudley from England who was most impressive on the day. He was ably assisted by Mr Edwin Dash who carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.
Due to the inclement weather conditions the Northern Ireland Carriage Driving Association had to cancel their event but the club owes a lot of thanks to them for their ongoing help and support.
The organisers of the Indoor Driving Show were encouraged with the large crowd in attendance on the day and would like to thank anyone who helped in the running of the show.