Saintfield horse show is launched at Rowallane

Karen Curran, Councillor Dermot Curran, show director Joan'Cunningham, Megan Hamil and Councillor Robert Burgess.
Karen Curran, Councillor Dermot Curran, show director Joan'Cunningham, Megan Hamil and Councillor Robert Burgess.
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The 7th annual Saintfield Horse Show was launched in style at Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield, hosted by the National Trust.

Show director Joan Cunningham welcomed all the guests and sponsors and thanked them for their continued support. Newry Mourne and Down District Council who are the major Sponsors of the Show were represented by councillors Dermot Curran, Robert Burgess, Terry Andrews and William Walker.

Michael Andrews, safety officer, Delia Andrews,'Councillor Terry Andrews, Valerie McBride, of McBride Fashions, Councillor William Walker and Karen Marshall, Showjumping.

Michael Andrews, safety officer, Delia Andrews,'Councillor Terry Andrews, Valerie McBride, of McBride Fashions, Councillor William Walker and Karen Marshall, Showjumping.

This year’s show, which takes place on Saturday, August 15, at Tyrella House, Downpatrick, promises something for everyone with over 80 classes to choose from.

Working hunters classes for horses and ponies will compete over a course designed by well-known course designer David McClurg.

Two showjumping arenas for horses and ponies featuring the Northern Ireland Affiliated Riding Club also we have the ladies showjumping championship, the amateur championship and in the pony arena a special class for Pony Club members only. The courses for the showjumping will be designed by international course designer Raymond Jess.

Two rings will be in operation for the ridden hunters with classes to suit everyone from hunter classes to happy hackers class.

Three new perpetual challenge cups have been presented. Robin and Vi Patterson have presented a Perpetual Challenge cup for The Champion Hunter of The Show.

The Lagan Construction Perpetual Challenge Cup for The Supreme Hunter Champion of The Show and The North Down Marquee 
Perpetual Challenge Cup for The Champion Cob of The Show.

Leo Curry is going to be kept extremely busy with two rings in operation for the ridden ponies and in-hand showing, lead rein, family pony and more in total 45 classes.

There will be lots of classes for miniature horses and not forgetting the novelty dog show commencing in ring five at 2pm.

Other special attractions at the show not to be missed The Hilarious Delaney’s Musical Donkeys commencing at 2.45pm in hunter ring 1 facing the North Down Marquee.

The Best Dressed Lady at the Show judging will take place in the champagne/wine bar at 2.15pm.

There will be plenty of entertainment available. From noon Live Music from The famous Country Harmony and Box Car Brian and amusements for the kids.

A village of trade stands and plenty of delicious food on offer. Or why not treat yourself to a full sit down lunch in the marquee.

Admission adults is £2.50 with children free. Free parking is available in show field with special disability parking and facilities.

For more details go to www.saintfieldhorseshow.com or for anyone wishing to bring a trade stand contact Joan Cunningham on 07775 860744 or email joancunningham1@gmail.com.