Top turnout at Tyrella for annual Saintfield Horse Show

Megan Hamill in action
Megan Hamill in action

Crowds flocked to enjoy the annual Saintfield Horse Show at Tyrella House on Saturday.

With great entries, great weather and great craic it was certainly the place to be.

Heather Hamill was in the prizes with her dog

Heather Hamill was in the prizes with her dog

Organisers were delighted to have multi-winning race horse trainer at Cheltenham Noel Chance to judge The Downpatrick Race Horse to Riding Horse Class along with Ann Ferris, who was the first Lady to ever win the Irish Grand National.

Noel, having won no less than two Cheltenham Gold Cups, had his hopes dashed to win Delaney’s musical donkeys when he fell trying to get his donkey to move.

Gerard Donnan from Country Harmony had everyone in stitches when he did the commentary for the donkeys and with his side kick Box Car Brian taking part himself there were occasions when the crowds watching were not sure if the Hee! Haws! were coming from him or the real donkeys.

However everyone taking part won a bottle of Powers Whiskey for their efforts.

Lucy McMillan competing in the Working Hunter

Lucy McMillan competing in the Working Hunter

The North Down Hounds put on a wonderful display and everyone watching was delighted to be invited into the ring to stroke the hounds.

All sections of the show were very well supported.

Show Director Joan Cunningham was delighted with the success of the whole day and would like to thank David Corbet for the use of his venue.

Joan added: “Thanks must go to all the competitors, judges, sponsors, stewards, St. John’s Ambulance, Country Harmony and Box Car Brian for the fantastic music in the marquee. Not forgetting my own team who worked so hard trying to keep things running smoothly and to every single person who helped in any way.”

Joan concluded: “I am already looking forward to seeing everyone again at The SaintfieldChristmas Charity Ride on Saturday, December 5, at Saintfield Livestock Mart.”

Saintfield Horse Show - Showjumping Results


Class 1 - 70cm: 1, Amy Lewers, Quarryhill Calysto.

Class 2 - 80cm: 1= Ashleigh Devitt, Denzel; Holly Stewart, Miss Peachy; Clare McIlveen, Abbeygail Christy; Gillian Whyte, Zephyr.

Class 3 - The Saintfield Horse Show Affiliated Riding Club Show Jumping Competition: 1, Stephanie Robinson, Jaz, Mossvale RC; 2, Eugene Milligan, Tiny, Mossvale RC; 3, Lisa Hannoway, Patchmills Sportsman, Armagh RC; 4, Fiona Majury, Badger, Gransha RC; 5, Rebecca Chambers, Boomerang, Mossvale RC.

Class 4 - Amateur Show Jumping Championship: 1, Stephanie Robinson, Lochmavar Little Classic; 2, Liz Cherry, Monty Millar; 3, Euan McCracken, WTS Cyrano Storm; 4, Caitlin Brown, Rose; 5, Alison Parks, Harry; 6, Emma Dowds, Mystery Aristocrat.

Class 5 - Ladies Show Jumping Championship: 1, Chloe Hope, Top Cat; 2, Hanna Moore, Modena; 3, Shannon Hiscott, Morgan; 4, Zoe Woods, Jill; 5, Roberta Hampton, J.D.Buzz; 6, Julie Simpson, He’s the Lad.

Class 6 - Open Horse Championship: 1, Charis Vinaccia, Derry Mac; 2, Tirian O’Hare, Alabama Slama; 3, Amy Lewers, Rockrimmon Dreamcatcher; 4, Chloe Hope, Top Cat; 5, Caitlyn Stewart, Oscar; 6, Ellie Dickson, Pinecroft Bergamo.


Class 1 - Grass Hopper Starter Stakes: 1, Hannah Robinson, Tigger.

Class 2 - Cross Poles: 1= Josh Knox, Apple Jack; Vivienne Andrews, Sarah’s Pebbles; Hannah Robinson, Tigger.

Class 3 - 40cm: 1= Taylor McKnight, Candy Pops; Megan Camolle, Busby.

Class 4 - 50cm: 1= Niamh Fitzpatick, Flash; Lauren Midane, Princess; Jenna Houston, Heather; Leo McGarry, Archill Lass; Sam Hamilton, Archill Lass; Megan Carville, Busby; Amy Neill, Buckaroo.

Class 5 - 60cm: 1= Alex Fitzpatrick, Sky; Niamh Fitzpatick, Flash; Lauren Midane, Princess; Katie Watson, Connie; Dylan Torrens, Little Miss Trouble; Sam Forbes, Dunadeal; Alice Emmett, Harry.

Class 6 - The Pony Club Novice Stakes: 1, Katie Robinson, Delvin Spring Breeze, North Down Pony Club.

Class 7 - 75cm: 1, Erin Barlow, Prince; 2, Rebecca Gordon, Ballymacashen Jolene; 3, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Flash; 4, Alex Fitzpatrick, Sky; 5, Troy Watson, Rossdale Angel Wing.