BYGONE DAYS: Heavy rain threatens to spoil UFU horse show

Patrick Campbell from Aghadowey at the Coleraine and District Ploughing Society at Limavady. Patrick was using his trusty 275 International tractor. Picture: Farming Life archivesPatrick Campbell from Aghadowey at the Coleraine and District Ploughing Society at Limavady. Patrick was using his trusty 275 International tractor. Picture: Farming Life archives
Patrick Campbell from Aghadowey at the Coleraine and District Ploughing Society at Limavady. Patrick was using his trusty 275 International tractor. Picture: Farming Life archives
Heavy rain had threatened to spoil the afternoon riding events at the horse show and gymkhana organised by the Bangor and Six Road-Ends branch of the Ulster Farmers’ Union at Castle Park, Bangor, during this week in 1950, reported the News Letter.

There was a good entry in the cattle and agricultural classes, which were held in the morning, and A and B Campbell of Banbridge won two cups for best animal and best cow in the cattle section.

The News Letter noted that the showjumping was of a high standard, and Captain Morrison’s Bachelor Boy, ridden by D Reed of Banbridge, in clearing 5ft 11 ½ inches, in the high pole event created a record in the history of the show.

Cup winners (cattle) animal in show and best cow in show, First, A B Campbell, Banbridge, Orange Blossom.

Four year old Samuel Johnston from Fintona getting to grips with a 1942 Fordson under the eye of the owner Sanuel Loughery from Limavady. The occasion was the annual Coleraine and District Ploughing Society competition which was held at Limavady. Picture: Farming Life archivesFour year old Samuel Johnston from Fintona getting to grips with a 1942 Fordson under the eye of the owner Sanuel Loughery from Limavady. The occasion was the annual Coleraine and District Ploughing Society competition which was held at Limavady. Picture: Farming Life archives
Four year old Samuel Johnston from Fintona getting to grips with a 1942 Fordson under the eye of the owner Sanuel Loughery from Limavady. The occasion was the annual Coleraine and District Ploughing Society competition which was held at Limavady. Picture: Farming Life archives

Best heifer show, J R Graham, Dundonald, Summerhill Maid. Best animal exhibited by member Bangor and Six Road-Ends Branch UFU, J R Graham Summerhill Maud.

Agricultural horses, champion animal, John Spence, Lisburn, Avon Betty. Best turnout by member of UFU branch, J R Graham, Sandy.

Gymkhana cups, style and appearance, Miss P Davidson, Upper Malone Road, Belfast, The Begum. Tiny tots, Master David Mitchell, Comber, Silver Tip. High pole (ponies), J Hillis’s Marino, Whiteabbey.

The following classes were awarded at the Bangor Show that July, cattle, Friesian or half-bred dairy cow, first, Tom McVeigh, Saintfield, Lass.

Six year old Jason McKay from Bushmills enjoying the annual ploughing competition of the Coleraine and District Ploughing Society at Limavady. He is pictured with his grandfather William McKay. Picture: Farming Life archivesSix year old Jason McKay from Bushmills enjoying the annual ploughing competition of the Coleraine and District Ploughing Society at Limavady. He is pictured with his grandfather William McKay. Picture: Farming Life archives
Six year old Jason McKay from Bushmills enjoying the annual ploughing competition of the Coleraine and District Ploughing Society at Limavady. He is pictured with his grandfather William McKay. Picture: Farming Life archives

Friesian or half-bred heifer (not more than four broad teeth), W Cochrane, Dundonald, Dundonald May. Friesian or half-bred maiden heifer, W Cochrane, Dundonald Dot. Ayrshire or half-bred dairy cow, A B Campbell, Orange Blossom. Ayrshire or half bred heifer (not more than four brood teeth), Tom McVeigh, Lakeview Jill. Shorthorn or crossbred dairy cow, Master K Johnston, Portadown, Mahon Cowslip.

Agricultural horses (mare and foal), Frank Savage, Portaferry, Abbey Heather. Colt, gelding, or filly, yearling, John Spence, Avon Betty. Gelding or filly, two-year-old, J Spence, Avon Amadore. Three-year-old and over Clydesdale gelding or mare, N C Ferguson, Newtownards, Lady Sublime. Three-year-old and over gelding or mare (other three pure-bred), A Dalzell, Greyabbey, Blossom. Gelding or mare shown in yoke, J R Graham, Sandy. Gymkhana events, style and appearance First, Miss P Davidson’s The Begum; second, Mrs R G Garland’s Hopeful Marcus, Newry; third, R E Harris’s High Peer, Clara Park, Belfast. Style and general appearance (ponies 12.2 hands and under, ridden boy or girl 12 years and under), first, Miss Z Gillespie’s Cloud, Cregagh Road, Belfast; second, Miss M Wallace’s Christopher Robin, Fairmount, Antrim; third, Miss P McClelland’s Bright Star. Style and appearance (ponies between 12.2 and 13.2 hands, ridden by boy or girl. 14 years and under), first, W Robinson’s Moonshine; second, Master J Press’s Little Duke, Downpatrick; third, Miss Z Gillespie’s Stylish Girl. Style and appearance (ponies between 13.2 and 14.2 hands, ridden by boy or girl 16 years and under), first, R Dalzell’s Thornhewn. Ballynahinch; second, W Kirk’s Rodney, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast; third, J Hillls’s Marino, Whiteabbey. Tiny tots (pony ridden by child under six years old), first, Master D Mitchell’s Silver Tip, Comber; second, Master G Cheatley’s Silver Tips. Craigavad; third, Master J M Perry’s May Day, Craigantlet, Dundonald.

Open, jumping over the course, First, Mrs R G Garland’s Ballyblack, Newry; second, Captain Morrison’s Bachelor Boy, Aghadowey; third, David McCready’s Merit, Banbridge. Jumping (pony 13 hands and under, rider under 14 years), first and third, Miss M Shaw’s Danny Boy and Mercury; second, Miss D McLearon’s Swallow, Lurgan.

High pole, open, first, Captain Morrison’s Bachelor Boy; second and third (equal), Miss A E Hall’s Outdoor Girl, Portadown, and Henry Patton’s Blossom, Newtownards. Jumping (pony 14.2 hands and under, rider under 16), first, Master J Ferguson’s Simon, Posnett Street, Belfast; second, G Stewart’s Lissue Queen, Lisburn; third, (equal), J Hillls’s Marino and G Stewart’s Fox Trot.

Ivor McPherson, Ringsend, James Knox, Aghadowey, and Sam Weir, Boveagh, checking the entries at the annual Coleraine and District Ploughing Society competition which was held at Limavady. Picture: Farming Life archivesIvor McPherson, Ringsend, James Knox, Aghadowey, and Sam Weir, Boveagh, checking the entries at the annual Coleraine and District Ploughing Society competition which was held at Limavady. Picture: Farming Life archives
Ivor McPherson, Ringsend, James Knox, Aghadowey, and Sam Weir, Boveagh, checking the entries at the annual Coleraine and District Ploughing Society competition which was held at Limavady. Picture: Farming Life archives

Touch and out, open, first, Miss A E Hall’s Outdoor Girl. Musical chairs (pony 14.2 hands and under, riders under 16 years), First, Master F McVeigh’s Shaun; second, R Tolerton’s Margie, Lisburn; third, Miss M Morrow’s Whitsox. Jumping, first, Dr B Shane’s Doreen, Lurgan; second, Captain Morrison’s Freedom; third, Mrs R G Garland’s Happy. High pole (ponies 14.2 hands and under, riders under 16 years), first, J Hillis’s Marino; second, Master J Ferguson’s Simon; third, Miss P O’Neill’s Lindy Lou, Andersonstown.

STOCK JUDGING AT BALLY WALTER YFC

The last of the series of area stockjudging contests held by the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster took place at Ballywalter Park this week in 1950. Entries numbered 750.

The results were as follows: Cattle, class for boys, competitors under 16, first, Ballywalter YFC (S McKee, J Robinson and W Carlton); second, Donaghadee YFC (R Strain, J Townley and H Patton). Individuals, first, S McKee, second, J Robinson. 16-21, first, Comber YFC (Robin Morrow, H Morrow and J Morrow), second, Ballywalter YFC (W McClure, J Kennedy and J Boyle). 21-25, first, Donaghadee YFC (J McGimpsey, J Donaldson and A Martin), second, Ballygrainey YFC (A Patterson, S Graham and B Smith).

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