This week Ballymoney Show hold its Annual Sponsors Reception at Lissanoure Castle, Loughguile.
This year’s show - to be held on 5th and 6th June - promises a fun day out for all the family.
Already a large number of exhibitors has been booked and the spaces in the marquees are filling up! Building on last year’s introduction of a dedicated ‘food village’, the organisers hope to attract an increased range of options to please a variety of tastes.
Again the Show has a very enthusiastic show committee working hard in the background to ensure a successful 108th 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.
The Show is especially indebted to their main Sponsor, Ballymoney Borough Council, now amalgamated into the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council, who secured valuable funding to support this year’s show. To all sponsors who faithfully support the Show year on year - your financial contribution is much appreciated.
Friday evening (5th June) promises entertainment for all ages.
Amongst other things there’ll be the ever popular Pet Show, Children’s Entertainers, the County Antrim YFC Football Competition, Tug-o-War and a varied programme of entertainment on stage from 6.30pm.
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 and Donkey
On the Friday evening we continue to have Local Pony Ridden Show 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 and Horses and the North West Working Hunter Ponies and Horses get underway at 4pm & 5pm respectively.
On Saturday in the main arena show classes commence with the Heavy Horses which are one of our highlights in the Horse section, attracting a large entry. The County Londonderry Horse Breeding Society donate £150 to be divided equally among the exhibitors in the Heavy Horse/ Clydesdale ridden class.
We have classes for Shetland, Welsh, Mixed Mountain and Moorland and Connemara ponies and Donkeys. This year we have a two year old Connemara qualifier for the Irish Shows Association and Ballinasloe Show. We have four classes for the Ridden Hunters, followed by two classes for Racehorse to Riding Horses.
Classes for Hunters in hand followed by the Irish Draught also take place on Saturday morning. We have numerous Irish Shows Association qualifiers for all Ireland Championships in this section namely the Bannow and Rathangan three year old horse, the Bantry three year old filly, the Tinahely two year old gelding and the “Castlewellan Search for a Star young horse”.
In the Irish Draughts we have the Leitrim brood mare, the Roscommon yearling filly, the Limerick two year old filly and Bonniconlon three year old filly.
The Interbreed Horse and Pony Championship will be judged in the main arena and the Special Heavy Horse Turnout class for pairs and farm wagon or commercial vehicle will be judged immediately after the Grand Parade of cattle.
We are pleased to announce that we have will Hackney Driving Classes back to our show this year after a long absence and would like to thank D J M Robinson who has kindly agreed to sponsor the Championship in this section.
The Association would like to thank all sponsors in the Horse section for their continued support which has allowed us to develop the Horse section and attract a pleasing entry.
The Show Committee look forward to an increased entry in the Cattle Section this year, building on the excellent turnout of Holstein friesians and coloured breeds in the dairy section. In the beef section Belted Galloway and Beef Shorthorn classes led the way with excellent entries.
New Sponsors this year in the Dairy Section are Global Genetics who have donated generously to the Best Pair of dairy heifers, any breed. Ballyrashane Co op, Town of Monaghan Dairies, United Feeds and the Lely Centre Eglish continue to support the dairy classes and we are indebted to them for their continued generosity.
In the Interbreed Beef Section we are pleased to have Danske Bank sponsor the group of three animals, UFU Ballymoney the Best Beef heifer, Farmcare Services the Beef Bull, and Ballymoney Borough Council the Champion Pedigree Beef Exhibit.
We are indebted to Steele farm Supplies and Corby Rock Mill continue to sponsor the Young Handler Competitions for both beef and dairy Sections, which this year we hope will see a further increase in the members competing.
Grassland Agro continue to sponsor the Most Successful Cattle Exhibitor, a highly sought after Prize.
We are indebted to Ballyrashane Co- op our main sponsor in the Holstein section and United Feeds in the Coloured Breeds. In the Beef section we are delighted this year to have Aberdeen Angus classes sponsored by First Trust for the first time. W P McCullough, Chestnutt Animal Feeds, Riada Veterinary, Britmilk, and Ballymena Livestock Mart and Kilrea Livestock Mart continue to be faithful in helping us plan our show.
We again host qualifiers for NI Shows association Mclarnon Dairy Cow Championship, the Linden Feeds Pedigree beef Heifer Championship, and the Bank of Ireland junior beef bull championship. Also we host qualifiers for the Irish Shows Assocaiation/ Castlewellan Show British Blue young bull championship sponsored by the Bank of Ireland and the Minsups Charollais Championship.
Ballymoney show has consistently had around 400-500 sheep entries for many years now and for the 2015 show we will continue to have a class for any other breed of sheep alongside the 17 different sheep breeds judged during recent shows. For 2015 we are delighted to have the Knockanboy Veterinary Clinic Suffolk Classes and Volac will continue to sponsor 1st and 2nd places in the Texel Shearling Ram Championship.
John McElderry Ltd continues to support the Interbreed Championship while Farmcare Products continue to sponsor the unique Champion Pedigree Ram and Ewe lamb special classes.
High quality Qualifiers include the Danske Bank/NISA Best Ewe Championship for the final at Antrim Show, the ISA/Clogher Valley Show Continental Sheep qualifier for the final at Clogher Valley and the Cydectin Young Sheep handler Competition for the final at Clogher Valley. Ballymoney Show is delighted to host these qualifiers for another year.
Once again we are pleased that Knockanboy Sponsor our Suffolk Section, Ulster Bank the Kerryhill and Bank of Ireland the Texel.
To encourage young exhibitors Ballymoney has its own Young Handlers Competition with £75 in prize money sponsored by Steele Farm Supplies and Corby Rock Mill. Additionally £120 is available to the top three overall exhibitors in all sheep classes at the show. The show committee look forward to another excellent turnout of sheep from a wide variety of breeds and classes.
This year sees 12 classes available for entry in the Goat Section, both in Pedigree & Non Pedigree Classes with some silverware up for grabs.
This year classes have been streamlined to make them more attractive and a new class for rare breed has been introduced. We will also be hosting an Irish Shows Association Qualifier for the Swinford Show, All Ireland Bantam Chicken Championship. We greatly appreciate the financial support offered by Moore Animal Feeds throughout the Poultry Section.
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND SCHOOLS
The Home Industries Section of the Show is always very popular with almost 100 classes for Craft, Painting, Baking, Preserves, Confectionery and Flower Exhibits.
Last year there were over 300 entries and we look forward to increasing numbers of exhibits in 2015 . This year Ballymoney will host a qualifier for The Irish Shows Association and Virginia Show Society titled “The Fleetwood Paints All Ireland Amateur Painting Competition” for paintings with an agricultural or rural setting” so we look forward to a good display of paintings by local artists. There is also a qualifier for the All Ireland Bread Baking Championship sponsored by McMahon’s Supervalu Castleblaney with a final at Castleblaney Show. A great opportunity for North Antrim bakers to display their wares and win prizes.
This year we are delighted to welcome the ‘County Antrim Shows Chocolate Cake of the Year’ class to our home baking section, this has kindly been sponsored by Calor.
The Association is indebted to Tesco who this year are sponsoring the Home Baking and Preserves Classes while local Businesses in the town continue faithfully to support the Show by sponsoring Classes in the Craft and Floral Art Sections.
Special Prizes in this Section are Sponsored by United Dairy Farmers, McAfee Properties, McAtamneys Butchers, Mathewson’s Chemist, David Christie and Sons.
2015 hosts many changes to our home industries, we have created ‘A Good Handwriting’ section, which has two classes. We have also updated our Flower exhibit classes and are looking forward to seeing lots of creative exhibits on show day.
With nine classes to enter there is scope for photographers to enter the Ballymoney Times Photographic Section and the Section for YFC members now has six classes covering craft, baking floral art and photography.
The Schools Section has 120 classes for Craft Work, Art, Computer Art, Printing, and Flowers. Last year there were over 1200 exhibits in this section and we look forward to welcoming new schools who will be awarded generous prize money. The pre-school section proves very popular with classes for drawings, patterns and craft.
Special school and unit pupils are also catered for with seven classes available.
2014 saw additional Classes for Secondary School Art , Technology and Baking, giving secondary schools an opportunity to display their talents once again. Classes are available for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and A level students to enter 2D, 3D, mixed media and technology and design items they have produced as part of their coursework. We look forward to a good entry from the local Secondary Schools.
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 Chairman; Gordon McConaghie, Secretaries; James & Rosemary 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.
The Show Association gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance given by the sponsors who have provided special prize money and are deeply indebted to those donors who have augmented the prize money by their subscriptions.
A full list of sponsors is detailed in the schedules, available on our website or can be obtained from the Show Secretary. Check out our website for further information regarding schedules, entry forms & closing dates, and entertainments programme. www.ballymoneyshow.org