Silverware galore for Whip and Collar Club

Linda Skillen driving George Cunningham's Luddington Isabella judged by Norman Brown

Linda Skillen driving George Cunningham's Luddington Isabella judged by Norman Brown

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The Whip and Collar Driving Club were delighted at the great success of their first outdoor show on Saturday, August 6, at Shane’s Castle.

The first class of the day was Traditional Cob In Hand which was won by the acccomplished horseman John Weir showing Rosehall Alexander.

The Open In Hand was won by Trevor Gass showing the outstanding Burning Love. The In Hand Champion was won by Trevor Gass with Burning Love, Reserve being John Weir showing Rosehall Alexander. The In Hand classes all had exceptional characteristics of quality show horses. The Country Cart class was won by Alex Fawcett showing Ludo.

The hackneys were on next with William Trimble winning the class with his striking American pony Heartland Advantage. The hackney horse was won by Linda Skillen showing George Cunningham’s elegant mare Luddington Isabella.

The Champion Hackney was won by William Trimble with Heartland Advantage, Reserve being Linda Skillen showing Luddington Isabella. William was presented with a magnificent cup by Jessica Eastwood, who is the late Harry Eastwood’s great granddaughter. The late Harry Eastwood was among the elite of the hackney driving world.

Class seven - the Trade Class - was won by Trevor Gass with his majestic pair of Frieisans. The Junior Whip Class was won by Ruari Creighton showing Felix with Ruari putting on an impressive display and also celebrated his birthday on the day.

Class nine was the Private Drive under 13.2 which was won by the capable Benny McCauley driving Natasha. Private Drive over 13.2 was won by Bellury Hostess shown by Jonathan Carnduff. Bellury Hostess was crowned Champion shown by the proficient Jonathan Carnduff with Benny McCauley Reserve showing Natasha.

The Concours D’ Elegance Class was a superb class with all exhibitors putting on a professional showcase. The winner of this class was Jannine Dunlop showing Zoe. This was a very exquisite turnout from both the horse and driver. Organisers were priviledged to have Mary Bryson from Lanark, Scotland judge this class, carrying out her duties in an exemplary manner.

The Exercise Vehicle Class under 13.2 was won by John Weir jnr showing Milltown Boy. John jnr is a dedicated and enthusiastic showman. The Exercise Vehicle over 13.2 was won by Alex Fawcett with his illustrious friesian Ludo. The Exercise Vehicle Champion was the meticulous Alex Fawcett showing Ludo with Reserve going to John Weir with Milltown Boy.

The Whip and Collar Driving Club would like to thank all who helped and sponsored classes on the day because without their help it would be impossible to run a show like this. Also a big thanks to judges Mary Bryson, Norman Brown and Joe Quigg who had the laborious task of placing the splendid animals on the day. The judges all carried out their duties in a professional and capable manner. Also thanks to the stewards Richard Caddoo and Denis O’Neill both members of the Whip and Collar Driving Club who were kept busy on the day, both being knowledgeable horsemen. So all in all this was a most satisfying and fantastic days showing.

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