Clydesdales head to Ballymena

Last year's Overall Champion, Carnaff Julie, with owner Jannine Dunlop and John Henning from main sponsor - Danske Bank.
Last year's Overall Champion, Carnaff Julie, with owner Jannine Dunlop and John Henning from main sponsor - Danske Bank.

It’s that time of year again when the Co. Londonderry Horse Breeding Society will be hosting Northern Ireland’s Premier Clydesdale Foal Show on Saturday 10th December, within Ballymena Livestock Market.

There will be classes for all ages of horses, to include Senior and Foal Championships.

The popular Young Handlers competition will be held after the Overall Championship. It is open to 10-18 year olds, kindly sponsored annually by Wendy Holmes of Bratwell Clydesdales. Entries for all classes will be taken on the day.

The judge for this year’s show is Peter Tennant, part of the well known Tennant family from West Forth Clydesdales. Peter has judged all over the British mainland, in-hand and turnouts, but has never judged here before so organisers warmly welcome him to Northern Ireland.

The CLHBS are honoured once again to have the Danske Bank as major sponsor for the 2016 show. Kind thanks also go to Jervis Nutt Esq., Kenneth Irwin (Irwin Feeds/Bluegrass Horse Feeds), The Clydesdale Horse Society and the numerous members who have donated special prizes down throughout the classes.

This will be the 10th year undercover in Ballymena and organisers are indebted to J.A. McClelland & Sons and their staff 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 10.30 am (sharp).

The Society will be holding a Christmas Raffle at the show; tickets will be available on the day. Proceeds from last year’s raffle were given to Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. This year organisers are supporting St. John’s Ambulance.

The Society’s ever popular social gathering will be held in the Bush Tavern, Ballymoney, from 9pm on the night of the show. They will be entertained by Kevin Hughes, so if you enjoy a good nights dancing and craic, you will be more than welcome to join in.

Any enquiries please contact Yvonne Hanna (Secretary) on 0282 766 3470.


The NISA Clydesdale Championship for 2016 was again kindly sponsored by Blue Grass Horse Feeds. Clydesdale Horses had taken part at agricultural shows the length and breadth of the province and the final results are as follows:

1st Churchill Sir James (Messrs. McKay)

2nd Downhill Lady Linda (Robin Kerr)

3rd Castletown Crystal (John Cross)

4th Bencannon Grand Slam (Eric Hynds)

5th= Drumnaconagher Paddy (Keith Davison) 5th= Macfin Sweet Melody (Messrs. Hanna)

Congratulations to all other exhibitors who competed throughout the show season. The prizes will be presented after the judging on Saturday 10th December 2016.