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Clonmel Show to be one of the best ever

The hugely popular Clonmel Show takes place on July 6 at Powerstown Park.

The hugely popular Clonmel Show takes place on July 6 at Powerstown Park.

Entries should be in by Thursday, June 26 for the 2014 Clonmel Show, which will be staged on Sunday, July 6 at Clonmel Racecourse. The prize schedule is available from the Show Secretary, Mrs Sheila Quinn at 052 6121413 or 086 1960039. All details are also available on the show’s website - “www.clonmelshow.ie “

There are 55 showing classes listed for horses and ponies, with classes for ridden and led horses, working hunters, brood mares and foals also ridden, lead rein, led and working hunter ponies and Miniature horses.

This year there will a prize of €1,000 for the Supreme Ridden Hunter Champion of the Show, which should attract most of the best ridden hunters in the country to Clonmel

This year’s show will again feature the Coolmore Thoroughbred Broodmare class for Broodmares, likely to produce a racehorse, with or without a foal to be judged on conformation alone, also two foal classes for the progeny of the mares entered in the broodmare class. Five classes for Miniature horses are also listed in the prize schedule, and there will be two new Shetland pony classes. Coloured horses and best ridden cob classes will also be judged. This year there will be two ridden classes for retired racehorses, and a new Rescue class for horses and ponies that have been rescued. These classes will be judged in six rings commencing at 9.30am and continuing throughout the day. The horse and pony classes include many I.S.A. and I.P.S. qualifiers for All Ireland Finals later this summer.

Information about these horse and pony showing classes and the horse jumping competitions can be obtained from Eddie O’Gorman 052 6122976 (7 - 10pm)

The horse jumping programme will feature a 4 year old Jumping Performance Class, a €2500 Munster Grand Prix, three graded events and an amateur competition for A & AA competitors. There will be eight pony jumping competitions. This year’s jumping programme will commence with the 4 year old performance competition. Further information about the Jumping programme can be obtained from Mrs Gail Long at 052 6125113 (after 6pm). Entries for the Performance class must be made to the Show Secretary (St. Declan’s, Western Rd., Clonmel 052-6121413) by Tuesday, July 1. All other jumping entries taken on the day.

Fifty one classes are listed in the Handcrafts, Home Baking and Preserves section of Clonmel Show. There are classes for home baking, preserves and hand crafts. There will be eleven classes for baking and crafts confined to Primary school children Further details from the section secretary, Maura O’Donovan at 052 6126151

The Flower Show Schedule has details of it numerous classes for flowers and vegetables, photography and decorative classes, plus three children’s classes. Information can be obtained from either Paddy O’Keeffe at Melville Lodge, Clonmel or Mildred Stokes at Killurney, Ballypatrick, Clonmel (052 6133155)

Sheep classes number 52, with classes for Texels, Suffolks, Belclares, Vendeen, Rouge De L’Quests, Charollais, Beltex, Zwartbles, Jacobs, Lleyns and Scotch Blackface. There are five commercial sheep classes including a pet lamb class, to be shown by handlers less than 13 years of age.

The Charollais All Ireland breed championships will be judged in Clonmel this year (details of these classes are available from the breed secretary, Ms Dymphna Grogan-087 7863407).

The Zwartble breed will have their South of Ireland Breed Championships at Clonmel Show. There will be six Scotch Blackface classes including the All Ireland Shearling Ram Championship class with a prize fund of €700. This year will also see two classes for Rare Sheep breeds. Further details from the Sheep section organiser Shay Kennedy, 087 2802364.

Thirty five cattle classes plus overall dairy and beef championships are listed in the schedule.

There will be classes for Fresians, Shorthorns, Aberdeen Angus, Herefords, Belgian Blue, Limousin, Simmentals, Charolais and non-pedigree cattle. There will be a special young handlers’ class for those under 18 years on July 6. Tom Acheson has all the details of these classes and can be contacted at 086 1616322

Adult Art Class

An adult painting class with a prize fund of €250 will once again be staged at the Show this year. This class is open to over 18 year olds, working with any painting medium. The theme is Open but any Rural or Agricultural setting is preferable. The painting should be mounted, framed and not greater than 24”x 18” Further details from Mary Quinlan 052-6136168 or Jerry Kelly at 052 6121672 and intentionsto enter should be sent Sheila Quinn, Show Secretary, St Declan’s, Western Road, Clonmel, 052 6121413

Entries for all horse, pony, cattle, sheep, home industries and art must be sent to the Show Secretary, St. Declan’s, Western Road, Clonmel by Thursday, June 26, at the latest (tel. 052 6121413 or 086 1960039). Entry forms for all sections are available from the show web site – www.clonmelshow.ie

Clonmel Show features a large range of trade stands, covering most aspects of the home, food and agriculture. The large attendance provides a captive audience for intending stall-holders and much business is traditionally transacted on the show day and good contacts made. Booking for trade stands are being taken by Paddy Quinlan at 086 3955805 or 052 6131498. Spaces now limited for stands as a very large number of bookings have been received.

 

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