BALLYMONEY Show held its Annual Sponsors Reception in Leslie Hill, Ballymoney, writes Carol McMullan.
We were delighted to welcome Guest Speaker for the evening
Mr Michael Reid, CEO of YFCU, who spoke of some of the activities YFCU were involved in over the coming months, and his great admiration of the team spirit displayed between individual young farmers clubs - particularly Finvoy, Kilraughts & Moycraig YFC’s who are the backbone of the Annual Show in Ballymoney. Following on from Mr Reid the show committee were delighted to be presented with 3 new cups which are to be awarded at this and in future shows as follows:
The Armoy Livestock Mart Perpetual Cup presented by Daniel McAlister & Son for Champion Aberdeen Angus, The Kilrea Livestock Mart Perpetual Cup Presented by H.A, McIlrath & Sons for Champion British Blue and The Riada Veterinary Clinic Endeavour Cup for the YFC contributing the most to the Annual Ballymoney Show.
Speeches were heard from both the Show Chairman Mr Neal McGinley as he welcomed the large turnout at the event and a Vote of Thanks from Vice Chairman Gary Thompson rounded off the formal part of proceedings.
This years’ show to be held on 1st & 2nd June promises a fun day out for all the family. Already we have a large number of exhibitors booked and the space in our craft and country markets marquee is filling up! Once again we have a very enthusiastic show committee working hard in the background to ensure a successful 105th Show. Thanks must be extended to the generosity of the farming community and businesses province wide, which enable the presentation of generous prizes to exhibitors in all classes. We are especially indebted to those sponsors who faithfully support us year on year despite the present economic difficulties and are delighted to welcome the return of some previous years sponsors and the addition of several new sponsors – your financial contribution is much appreciated.
Friday evening the 1st June promises entertainment for all ages. Amongst other things there’ll be our ever popular Pet Show, Childrens’ Entertainers, the County Antrim YFC Football Competition, Tug – O –War and a programme of entertainment on stage from 6.30pm, including amongst others, our local Country singer Alastair Coyles. For those of you who can’t make it on Friday night, not to worry, because Saturday will host a showcase of events as well! So there’ll be plenty for all the family to choose from to ensure an enjoyable day out!
Horse, Pony & Donkey Section
The Association is pleased to advise the continuation of a number of Qualifiers in the Horse and Pony Section, and the welcome addition of several more Qualifiers. Ballymoney Borough Council are the primary sponsor of Champion and Reserve in all catalogued classes, with, for the first time an overall Interbreed Horse & Pony Championship sponsored by Harrigan Fuels. On the Friday evening we continue to have Local Pony Ridden Classes, followed by Local Pony & Hunter Breeding Classes– entries for which will be taken on the field from 2.30pm, with classes due to commence at 3pm. The Route Hunt Unaffiliated Show Jumping for Ponies & Horses and the North West Working Hunter Ponies & Horses get underway at 4pm & 5pm respectively. Please note entries will be taken on the field for all Horse and Pony classes with the exception of Heavy Horses.
The Association is pleased to welcome judges from all over the British Isles to cast their expert eye over the cream of the crop being exhibited at this years Ballymoney Show. With around 90 classes of British and Continental breeds to choose from the exhibitors have plenty of choice and work ahead of them to continue the high standards we see year after year. Also as one of the selected Qualifying Shows for many prestigious Awards there are lots of reasons to exhibit at Ballymoney Show. This year we are also delighted to act as host for 6th Annual Beef Shorthorn Show.
Once again we have a vast range of sheep classes for more than 15 breeds available for entry, and with the number of sheep exhibitors going up every year, the prize money in this sector is hotly competed after.
The year sees 12 classes available for entry in the Goat Section, both in Pedigree & Non Pedigree Classes with some silverware up for grabs.
After the very successful introduction of Poultry Classes to Ballymoney Show, we continue to have a vast choice of classes for entry with exhibitors having almost 75 classes to choose from, with financial support of principal sponsor Moore Animal Feeds.
Home Industries, Photographic and Schools Section
As in previous years we have numerous classes in a variety of areas to capture the talents of our local ladies (and gents), and in the Schools section we have an ever increasing number of entries from the local kids, which not only acts as a great showcase to show off their work, but entitles each exhibiting child free entry into the show. We are delighted to welcome TESCO as principal sponsor in the Home Industries & Schools Sections.
North Antrim Agricultural Association is made up of a Board of Directors and a very enthusiastic show committee comprising of members from the three local Young Farmers Clubs – Finvoy, Kilraughts and Moycraig. Once again they take on the huge task of preparing the grounds, stewarding the classes and running an exciting entertainment programme for the 2 days.
They are led by their Chairman; Neal McGinley, Secretary; Zara Morrison, Treasurer; Trevor Gilmour and Press Officer; Carol McMullan. Judges for this years show have already been confirmed, and we will be glad to be welcoming visiting judges from all over the British Isles and Ireland.