Local charities benefit from Banbridge Show

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Iveagh Showjumpers gathered at Sintons in Scarva to present the proceeds of their 2014 show to representatives of this year’s chosen charities –The Southern Area Hospice, Austen Burns and Iveagh Branch of the Pony Club.

Show director and chair of Iveagh Showjumpers, Ray Buchanan, welcomed everyone and congratulated Iveagh Showjumpers and all their associates on yet another very successful two day show, which, for the second successive year, has been voted ‘Show of the Year’ by the Ulster Region.

He paid tribute to the team who worked so hard to make Banbridge Show such a success, providing much benefit to the local community.

In receiving his cheque, Austen Burns from Warrenpoint, explained that he would be using this funding to progress his dressage training with a view to being selected for the Paralympics in Rio.

He has already competed at his first international event in Hartpury and this has enthused him to work towards his 2016 goal.

Eileen Clarke, a volunteer with the Southern Area Hospice, outlined the range of work undertaken by her charity including the vast outreach work.

The Area Hospice is only one third funded, leaving them £2.3 million to fundraise so the donation from Iveagh Showjumpers is particularly welcome.

Vanne Campbell, district commissioner, thanked Iveagh Showjumpers for their continued support of the Iveagh Branch of the Pony Club which caters for many families around the country.

In conclusion, Ray Buchanan said the Iveagh Showjumpers had great respect for these three chosen charities and commended each of them for the invaluable work they do locally.