He started off the showing season last May with two promising yearlings, but the success he has achieved to date exceeded even the most optimistic of his own expectations.
He has already won nine out of 13 yearling championships with Ballard Bouncer, a bay gelding by Garreebe out of Ballard Queen, which he bred himself.
And he won three of the other championships with Water Valley Guy Diamond, a chestnut gelding by Loughehoe Guy out of Ballycolin, and bred by Sean Lydon in Galway.
The one championship that eluded him was at Bandon, but that was won by his cousin, P J Lehane, Castleview, Clonakilty.
Seamus Lehane’s success in winning the All Ireland yearling championship at Ennis with the superb Ballard Bouncer was a particular joy for the Ballmacowen, Clonakilty, breeder as he had come tantalisingly close to taking the honours on a number of previous occasions.
He won the Cork County yearling championship with Ballard Bouncer in a quality final at Skibbereen where he also took the young horse championship with his two year old gelding, Galway Guy.
A delighted Seamus, now looking forward to Dublin Horse Show, said he was delighted at the way the showing season has gone for him so far. “It has been a roller coaster”, he said.
Fine weather, a good crowd and large entries made the Carbery Show a fine success for a committee headed by Jimmy Sheehy, chairman and Yvonne O’Regan, secretary.
Mervyn Eager, Lucan, Co Dublin, the judge in the Friesian classes, said hardworking long and lasting cows have always been the profit in dairy farming and will be in the future.
“Time is restricted now with everybody and there are not as many cattle at shows in the classes that one would like, but the standard was very good.
“They were the type of cows I was looking for,” he said.
Mr Eager selected “a beautifully balanced cow with strength”, exhibited by Richard Helen, Kilgarriffe, Clonakilty, as the champion Friesian.
Hunter — Carol Adams, Courtmacsherry.
Young Horse — Seamus Lehane, Ballard, Ballymacowen, Clonakilty (Reserve: Fr John McCarthy, c/o Diarmuid O’Mahony, Bealad, Clonakilty).
Cork County Yearling Final — Seamus Lehane (Reserve: John Anglin, Cruary, Clonakilty)
Foal — John Hickey, Coronea, Skibbereen. (Reserve: Barthy Scully, Limbo Stud Farm, Baltimore).
Irish Draught Mare — Thomas Nyhan, Gairdin More, Ballineen. (Reserve: Michael Coughlan, Gurrane, Caheragh).
Irish Draught Foal — Michael Coughlan (Reserve: Thomas Nyhan)
Ridden Pony — Regina Daly, Maulgow, Leap
Friesian — Richard Helen, Kilgarriffe Clonakilty
Friesian Group — Richard Helen
Simmental — Keith and Luke Vickery, Carbery Farm, Rosscarbery.
Limousin — John O’Grady, Broomfield, Midleton.
Charolais — J and I Ryall, Knockane, Castlemartyr.
Belgian Blue — Tim O’Donovan, Gurtnamuckla, Dunmanway.
Aberdeen Angus — Albert de Cogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr
Hereford — Frank and John Appelbe, Carrigroe House, Carrigroe, Clonakilty
Cork County Beef Bull — John O’Grady, Broomfield, Midleton. (Reserve: Albert de Cogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr.)
Most points in Friesian Section — Jerry Hegarty, Mohonagh, Skibbereen.
Shorthorn Cow — Jimmy and Linda O’Donovan, Gortnamona, Schull.