Dan’s racer shows up again

THEY say you can take a white horse anywhere, but it seems Midleton horse trainer Dan Rohan can take his bay mare anywhere and win.

Dan’s 11-year-old Be My Allstar wasn’t broken until seven, and she embarked on a point to point racing career over the jumps in 2007.

Success followed in a mares maiden at Dromoland, followed in 2008 by a mares open win in Killaloe, and victory in a mares winner of two race in Carrigtwohill last January. In between came a third place over hurdles at Kilbeggan. Be My Allstar turned over a new leaf this spring, winning the thoroughbred broodmare classes in the agricultural shows at Midleton and at Cork Summer Show last weekend.

A breeding career now beckons for this versatile, showy and athletic mare, but there might be time to fit in a racetrack outing over hurdles, or an entry in the Dublin Horse Show ridden class.

More than 28,000 people are estimated to have come to see the bloodstock and livestock at Cork Summer Show, along with varied events including cookery demos, a craft selling marquee, sheep shearing, a pet show, a farmers’ market, boxing, martial arts, and a wedding marquee, over three days. The show was held at Ballincollig for the second year running.

Winning livestock and bloodstock exhibitors included the following.

HORSES

Champion hunter: Killian Hennessy, Knockroe Ocean Dubh. Reserve: Ms Lynne Boggs, Liss an Hill.

Champion Young Horse: John Tyner, Rico. Reserve: Tom Casey, Ardmore Jester.

Champion In-Hand Coloured Horse: Trevor Horgan, Unnnamed. Reserve: McDermott Walsh, Westmount Wind Chimes.

Champion Foal: Pat Ranahan, Unnamed. Reserve: Pat and James O’Mahony, Unnamed.

Non Thoroughbred Barren Or Maiden Broodmare: Michael Mc Carthy, MRCVS, Kilnagross Twinkle.

Thoroughbred Broodmare: Dan Rohan, Be My Allstar.

Thoroughbred Foal: Eddie Barrett, Starlight.

Champion working hunter pony: Michelle Sheridan, Mockershill Lucky Lady. Reserve: Patricia Burke, Jasper.

Welsh Mountain Pony Section A Champion: Mary Dooner, Gwendraeth Mari Lwyd. Reserve: Anne Marie Linnane, Quin Merry Dance.

Welsh Section B Champion: Martin O’Sullivan, Rios Rainman. Reserve: Martin O’Sullivan, Paddock Porcelain.

Overall Purebred Welsh Champion: Mary Dooner, Milim Amelia. Reserve: Martin O’Sullivan, Rios Rainman.

Welsh Pony & Cob Society Medal & Rosette To Champion Partbred: Finbarr Mc Carthy, Periwinkle Queen Bee. Reserve: Finbarr Mc Carthy, Glenard Bumble Bee.

Champion Donkey: Con Reidy, Hill Top Lady

CATTLE

Holstein Friesian Champion and Reserve: John and Ricky Barrett.

Jersey Champion: Richard and Avril Helen. Reserve: Pat Ahern.

Charolais Champion: Luddenmore Pedigree Herd. Reserve: Martin Ryan.

Female Shorthorn Champion: Glen Carter. Reserve: Roger McCarthy.

Overall Shorthorn Champion: Glen Carter.

Simmental Champion: Tony O’Leary. Reserve: James Brown.

Commercial Champion: Robert and Mark McGivern. Reserve: David Hegarty.

Limousin Champion: Dan and Bernadette Tynan. Reserve: John McInerney.

Aberdeen Angus Champion: John and Kate Tait. Reserve: Ben and Elaine Ryall.

Hereford Male Champion: F and J Applebee. Reserve: Michael O’Keeffe.

Belgian Blue Champion and reserve: Tim O’Donovan.

Hereford Female Champion: Tom Roycroft. Reserve: Trevor and Edward Dudley.

Overall Hereford Champion: F and J Applebee. Reserve: Trevor and Edward Dudley.

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