Preparations are well underway for the 97th Clogher Valley Show which is due to take place on the traditional date – the last Wednesday in July.
The show covers approximately 60 acres in the scenic Clogher Valley and is eagerly looked forward to by thousands.
The show organisers thank the owners of the fields for allowing the show the use of them.
The organisers are greatly indebted to their sponsors who have all given very generous contributions – a full list of sponsors is detailed below.
This popular event in the 2015 agricultural calendar is host to 14 championships with exhibitors from all over Ireland proudly presenting their livestock in the judging rings.
The organisers are delighted to announce that the newly formed Mid-Ulster Council will be supporting the show this year.
The show is pleased to host for the tenth year the Charolais Cattle Championship sponsored again by MINSUPS
The show is hosting the NISA / Bank of Ireland Pedigree Junior Bull Final, and the National Herford Cattle Championship
£2,000 All Ireland Working Hunter Horse Championship
£1,000 Natoional Pony Society Pony Championships
£1,000 Bank of Ireland/NISA Pedigree Junior Bull Final
£3,000 MINSUPS Charolais Cattle Championship
£1,200 National Hereford Cattle Championship
£500 All Ireland Blonde Calf Championship
£500 T. J. Booth & Son - Commercial Beef Heifer Championship
£500 Clogher Valley Credit Union
Commercial Beef Bullock Championship
£1,100 Teemore Engineering Dairy Cow Championship
£500 Eprizero - Ayrshire Cow Derby
£500 Devenish Nutritions
Maiden Dairy Heifer Championship
€500 ISA / Clogher Valley /Danske Bank All Ireland Continental Sheep Championship
£300 Jimmy Johnston’s Bar, Augher - The British and Irish Native Sheep Championships
Cydectin - Zoetis Sheep Young Handlers Final
The Irish Shows Association Qualifiers
The €4,300 Iverk Show Broodmare and Foal Team Championship
The €3,000 Red Mills Non-Thoroughbred 2 yr old gelding
The €2,500 A Browne Filly Foal All Ireland Championship
The €3,000 Bantry Show 3 yr old Filly Championship
Th €2,000 Traditional Irish Sport Horse Foal All Irelan Championship
The €1,500 Gain Colt Foal All-Ireland Championship
The €1,500 Hannons Hotel, Irish Draught Yearling Filly Championship
The €2,500 Ballinrobe I D Mare andFoal Team Championship
The ISA/Limerick Show Society RID 2 yr old Filly Championship
The €2,000 Diamond Coast Hotel Irish Draught 3 yr. old filly Championship
The €1000 Irish Draught Colt Foal Championship
The €1,500 Irish Draught Filly Foal Championship
The €1,000 ISA Bonniconlon Show Pony Broodmare 3 Yr. Old & Over Championship
The €1,000 Ballinasloe Connemara 2 Year Old Filly Championship
The €2,500Traditional Irish Horse Breeding Society Limerick Lady Championship
The €500 Gain Dog Food All Ireland Championship
The €400 ISA/Beltra Show All Ireland Gun Dog Championship
The €450 Eyrecourt Irish & Native Dog Breed Championship
The €650 ISA All Ireland Amateur Painting Competition
The €1275 All Ireland Domestic Arts Championship
The €750 Castleblaney All Ireland Bread Baking Championship
The €750 Moate Show Harvest Teatime Tray
The €900 Odlums All Ireland Home Baking Championship
The €750 Eyrecourt All Ireland Christmas Baking championship
Ponies (UK) Qualifiers
Glyn Greenwood Memorial M&M in Hand
Kingsford M & M Ridden Pony of the Year
Confined Novice Kingsford Ridden M&M
Lobster Pot M&M Lead Rein
Brineton Engineering Ridden Show Pony
Timberwolf Show Hunter Pony of the Year
New sponsors – 2015 ( 6 )
Show organiser are pleased to announce that First Trust / AIB Bank have come on board this year as a lead sponsor, together with Simple Power and Teemore Engineering.
In the equestrian section we welcome AN Irwin Bluegrass Horse Feed, who are sponsoring The champion and reserve riding horse and Green Gold Equine are sponsoring the show jumping section. Although Corick House Hotel sponsor the equestrian section in memory of their sister Miss Jennifer McCleary, they are also now giving additional sponsorship to the Aberdeen Angus Cattle classes in memory of their mother Mrs Jean Beacom.
Cassidy Family: The Cassidy family have presented a cup to the home industries section in memory of Mrs Brigit Cassidy who was an honorary life vice president and involved in the home industries section for a long number of years as a volunteer and as an exhibitor winning numerous cups and rosettes. She also encouraged her family to take part and we now have another two generations of Cassidy’s involved in our show.
The McKeown Family: Mrs Ivy McKeown and her family have presented a cup to the dog section in memory of Eric who was on the show’s management committee and was involved with the trade stands for a long number of years. The family feel it is appropriate to present this trophy to a winning dog as Eric never went anywhere without his dog.
The Kirkpatrick Family: Like the Cassidy family have another two generation involved with the show. Mr Guy Kirkpatrick the vice chairman and chief steward in the dairy section, together with his family have presented a cup to the winner in the Young Handler Dairy Section, which is growing every year.
Presentation of cups and trophies
This year the show are privileged to have Mr Keith Crawford from BBC Radio Ulster Gardener’s Corner panel presenting the prizes in the home industries and schools section.
Champion of Champions
The show’s well established Champion of Champions in memory of the late Mr Willie Wilson who was long associated with the show and was unique in his experience of commentating. Mrs Maeve and Miss Heidi Wilson have presented a trophy for the Champion of Champions from the relevant classes to include pedigree, dairy and commercial cattle
There is also a prize fund of £500 sponsored by The Donnelly Group Dungannon.
A vintage vehicle display for vehicles pre 1970 has now been established and is now in its thirteenth year with entries increasing every year.
The show’s very popular Family Dog Show is now being held at the earlier time of 12 o’clock (location at the back of the school) with entries taken on the field from 11am this is to accommodate the show’s ever increasing entries and is organised by chief stewards Mr John and Mrs Mary Potter.
Most Appropriate Dressed Lady
Show organisers are delighted to announce that Mrs Amanda Maxwell is once again sponsoring this very special competition and would encourage all ladies to take part.
Again this year renowned judges from Scotland and England are attending also from Northern Ireland and southern Ireland.
The show are delighted that Glanbia are once again sponsoring the very popular food hall which was a huge success in 2014 which is now full to capacity.
It will be opened on Tuesday 29th July at 7.00 pm by guest speaker Mr James Campbell. This will be attended by judges, chief stewards, representatives of local hotels, restaurants and local food retailers who will meet the food standholders and talk with them about their products.
The well known chef, Mr Sean Owen will be in attendance. His expertise and easy manner should be a great attraction.
There will as usual be a wide selection of products available for sampling and for sale in the food hall, from specialist meats to delicious cakes and jams, and fresh fruit and vegetables. There should be something for everyone.
Trade exhibitors sell a wide range of merchandise so spectators from the farming community can view the most up-to-date machinery, cars and products and avail of special show-day offers.
There are special awards for best trade stands, most attractive in food hall and most outstanding in craft marquee.
Safety is of paramount importance and organisers hope for an accident free show. Spectators can have the choice of watching horse and pony showing and show jumping in Mr Jack Johnston’s field.
Sheep showing, goat showing, food hall, craft marquee, school children’s and adults arts and crafts, floral and horticulture display and home baking etc in Mr Stephen Finlay’s field, cattle showing and vintage in their usual fields , the dog showing is now relocated to the back of the school and the trade exhibits in the playing fields.
Traffic diversions will be in operation on the show morning to facilitate the free flow of traffic and details will be published in the local press at a later date.
The Clogher Valley Show is an enjoyable day out for all the family there will be ongoing entertainment as well as other amusements and side shows for children.
The Prizewinners’ Parade will take place at approximately 3.00 pm in the Cattle Field.
The organisers of the Clogher Show hope to have fine weather on 29thJuly so that everyone can enjoy a fun-filled family day out.