The equestrian events for Country Comes to Town took place on Saturday 17th September 2016 in The Pleasure Gardens Area, Portadown. A large number of spectators and competitors travelled long distances to enjoy the equestrian event and the beautiful Autumn Day. The carriage driving section commenced at 10am.
Judge Eugene Larkin (Lisburn), steward John Powell (Lambeg) and Section Secretary Margaret Carlisle were kept busy.
Champion of Private Driving Classes: John Weir jnr (Ballyclare) with groom John Weir snr driving ‘Rosehall Alexander’ to a Butcher’s Cart
Reserve Champion: Linda Skillen driving Wallace Shaw’s ‘Clarvalley Jewel’ to a gig
Champion Hackney Horse driven to a Show wagon: Linda Skillen driving George Cunningham’s ‘Luddington Isabella’
Reserve Champion: Michael Hanlon (Co. Louth) driving ‘Wentworth Moonraker’.
Champion Exercise Vehicles:
Wallace Shaw with Groom Ruth McCann drove ‘Clarvalley Jewel’
Reserve Champion: John Weir jnr. (Ballyclare) ‘Milltown Boy’
Class (22) In-hand – any height: John Weir jnr (Ballyclare) ‘Rosehall Alexander’
Class (23) Hackney pony driven to a show wagon: Damian Sloan (Downpatrick) ‘Heartland Elmo’
Class (24) Hackney horse driven to a show wagon: Linda Skillen driving George Cunningham’s ‘Luddington Isabella’; 2nd Michael Hanlon (Co. Louth) ‘Wentworth Moonracker’
Class (25) Exercise vehicle – any height: 1st Wallace Shaw ‘Clarvalley Jewel’; 2nd John Weir ‘Milltown Boy’; 3rd Deborah Lavery ‘Pinky’
Class (26) Open driving class – any height – to a traditional type vehicle won by Wallace Shaw (Castlewellan) driving ‘Clarvalley Jewel’: 2nd John Weir jnr. ‘Milltown Boy’
Class (27) Concours D’Elegance judged by Mr. Eamonn Fleming, joint Chairman, Country comes to Town- won by John Weir jnr. driving ‘Rosehall Alexander’ to a Butcher’s Cart: 2ND Wallace Shaw driving ‘Clarvalley Jewel’ to a gig.
Class (28) Lady Whip judged on the ability of the Lady to drive the turnout- 1ST Linda Skillen ‘Clarvalley Jewel’; 2nd Karen Dalzell ‘Heartland Elmo’; 3rd Deborah Lavery ‘Pinky’
Class (29) Light trade: winner John Weir jnr. driving ‘Rosehall Alexander’ to a butcher’s cart
The organisers would like to express their gratitude to the funders Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the sponsors who make events like this possible. Sincere thanks to Tesco, The Meadows, Portadown for the use of their car park and to all who helped in any way to make this event a success.