Armagh shows its ‘Got Talent’

James McNeill chatting with members on his farm in Scotland
James McNeill chatting with members on his farm in Scotland

The Armagh NW Group provided the usual hospitality to members and customers at the Armagh Agricultural Show held at Gosford Forest Park last Saturday.

UFU President Mr Ian Marshall together with his wife Lisa and Naomi Rutherford, NFU Membership Development Officer attended the Show to speak with members and their families.  

Alison Crozier, who has been a member of the Group Office staff for the past three years enjoyed continued success with her 17.2 Irish Sport horse “Dragons Den”.

Alison purchased Dragons Den in September 2013 at Goresbridge and had a lot of success in 2014, culminating in 1st place in the four year old middle weight hunter class and reserve four year old champion hunter at the Royal Balmoral Show.   He then went on to stand 2nd at the Dublin Horse Show in a strong four year old middle weight class.   This year started with Dragons Den taking champion working hunter at Balmoral and now a few weeks later taking champion show hunter at the Armagh Show.   Alison hopes to qualify this weekend in Galway for the ladies side saddle final which will be held in Dublin in August.

Leeann Whittle, the Group Office Manageress, also had success at the Armagh Show with her Bernese Mountain dog called Bella, who won the best bitch class to the delight of Leeann and her husband Adrian.   Leeann and Bella are pictured showing off Bella’s new gold medal outside the UFU trade stand.

The 18th Annual Day trip to Scotland was held at the end of April. members visited two excellent farming enterprises in the Mull of Galloway Region.

The group committee will be meeting next week to finalize arrangements for the next winter programme.   The group managers would like to thank all members and customers for their continued support and valued custom.