Four new cups would be up for competition at the Saintfield and District Agricultural Society’s annual event which was due to be held in the middle of June 1978, it was reported during this week in that year.
And secretary, Mr John Beck said that a recent meeting had spent a considerable amount of time discussing the best ways in which the trophies could be used to achieve the results which their donors had desired - “to encourage more competition and support at the Saintfield Show”.
Mr A Ernest Johnston, Tonnaghmore Lodge, Saintfield, had presented the Alfred E Johnston Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup and £50.
“The committee decided to award the cup and prize money to the competitor exhibiting at least five animals and gaining the most points in any of the following sections - agricultural horses, breeding and young stock (hunters and ponies), pedigree Ayrshire, pedigree Friesian, Jersey, Hereford, Simmental and Charolais, pedigree Border Leicester, Suffolk and Hampshire Down,” said Mr Beck.
He said rules were agreed for the competition and details would appear in the prize schedules, which were in the procees of being prepared.
“Mr George Bryson, Scarva, has presented the Staghounds Cup for a Young Farmers’ tug-o-war competition; Downpatrick Farm and Equipment Ltd, Downpatrick have offered a cup and prizes for a farm safety and/or tractor handling competition; and Mr Robert Orr, Saintfield Road, Ballynahinch, has presented a cup for competition on the donkey classes,” said Mr Beck.
The comittee also agreed to invite cross-channel judges to officiate in several sections of the show.
Mr Beck revealed that new classes for 1978 included three for Welsh Mountain Ponies.
Mr Houston Brown had been elected to the general committee.
Mr Beck said of Mr Houston Brown: “His keen interest and valuable help will be of tremendous benefit to poultry committee.”