Clydesdale Christmas cracker

Ann Calwell (Ulster Bank ' Main Sponsor) with Craig and William Hanna, enthusiastic Young Handlers looking ahead to the Clydesdale Foal Show.
Ann Calwell (Ulster Bank ' Main Sponsor) with Craig and William Hanna, enthusiastic Young Handlers looking ahead to the Clydesdale Foal Show.

IT’S that time of year again when all roads lead to the Mart in Ballymena for Northern Ireland’s Premier Clydesdale Foal Show, on Saturday 8th December.

There will be classes for all ages of horses, which includes Senior and Foal Championships. The popular Young Handlers competition which will be held after the Overall Championship is open to 10-18 year olds, kindly sponsored annually by Bratwell Clydesdales (Holmes/Cochrane).

Entries for showing classes and young handlers will be taken on the day.

The judge for this year’s show is the well known Scotsman, Jock Strang, from Rigside, Lanarkshire.

Once again the society are indebted to Ulster Bank (main sponsor) and Ann Calwell for their valued support and sponsorship, and also to Jervis Nutt Esq and the numerous members who have donated special prizes down through the classes.

The society would also like to thank Kenneth Irwin (Blue Grass Horse Feeds) Dungannon, who has again sponsored the Senior and Reserve Senior Championship.

This will be the sixth year undercover in Ballymena and the society are grateful to Shaun Irvine and his staff at J.A. McClelland & Sons, for granting permission to hold the show in such excellent facilities.

If you are a breeder, enthusiast or just interested in these gentle giants, please come along to Ballymena Market and see this year’s top foals and senior horses.

Gates will be open at 8am with judging commencing at 10.30am.

Again the society will be holding a Christmas raffle at the show, tickets available on the day. Proceeds from last year’s raffle was given to the Riding for Disabled, Coleraine. This year the CLHBS will be supporting Macmillan Cancer, Causeway Support Group.

The society’s ever popular social gathering will be held in the Bush Tavern, Ballymoney, from 9pm on the night of the show. Entertainment by Knoxville Country.

For further information contact Yvonne Hanna (secretary) on 276 63470.

CLHBS/NISA Clydesdale Championship 2012

For the fourth and final year, the CLHBS has been honoured to sponsor the NISA Clydesdale Championship. Throughout the season there were 50 different horses that had taken part at agricultural shows the length and breadth of the province. The final results are as follows: 1st, Carrickmannon Big Ben – Jimmy Massey; 2nd, Castletown Cassie – John Cross; 3rd, Hillview Jess - Darren Ryan; 4th, Macfin Crystal Gail – F, G & Y Hanna; 5th, Dairylough Maverick – S & V Parke & Jannine Dunlop; 6th, Oldstone Sir Henry – Joni Coulter

Congratulations go to Big Ben and Jimmy, and all those who competed throughout the show season.

The prizes will be presented after the judging on Saturday 8th December 2012.