Preparations in place for the 2015 Country Comes to Town

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On Saturday 19th September 2015 The Meadows, beside Tesco’s Portadown (kindly granted) is the venue for the annual Country Comes to Town Horse Show.

Private driving on the day will commence at 10am with in hand class any height, followed by hackney pony/horse driven to a show wagon. The show continues with the private driving classes which include, exercise vehicles, country turnouts, donkey driven to a suitable vehicle, lady whip, junior whip, open driving classes, trade vehicles and more.

A new class this year is Mountain and Moorland – including half bred (excludes Welsh ponies and Cobs) driven to a suitable vehicle.

The highlight of the day will be the Concours D’Elegance - to be judged from a distance – and will include a Welsh Mountain Pony driven to a Norfolk Milk Float, a Cob to a London Trolley, a Welsh Cob to a Pickering Float to name just a few of the entrants.

The judge and the stewards can look forward to a busy day.

There is excellent prize money up for grabs. The entry fee is £8 per class. To assist with administration entries should be received by 15th September 2015.

Enquiries and completed entry forms for private driving classes to Margaret Carlisle, 8, Landor Park, Lisburn BT27 5Hf or telephone 028 9266 5893.

Judging of Connemara Classes, Reg. Exmoor Ponies etc. enquiries to Mrs. F. Mulholland 028 3832 2589 or 07821 539 996 contact email finola.mulholland@btopenworld.com

There will be lots of activity on the streets of Portadown.

This is truly a spectacular show and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Competitors and spectators are expected from all over Ireland and the mainland.

A spokesperson for the event said: “The organisers of the show are greatly indebted to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the funders and also the sponsors - without finance from them it would be impossible to run such an event.”

The 2014 Championship winners of Perpetual Challenge Shields and Cups are reminded to return them by Saturday, September 19, 2015.