Sisters have clean sweep with mare

SISTERS from Woodstown, Co Waterford, Rosemary and Claire Connors had a clean sweep in the ridden hunter classes at the 93rd Dungarvan Show.

Their bay mare, Woodfield Valerie, by Lucky Valier, a former young horse title winner at Dublin, took the ridden championship, with Claire in the saddle.

The same animal, this time ridden by Rosemary, won the working hunter championship, and Rosemary also won the four-year-old title on John Donahy’s striking chestnut gelding Clonehea Fame by Arthur’s Gold.

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, exhibitor Nick Murphy’s three year old bay filly, Newtownbarry Miss Holly by Lux Z, won the champion young horse and also the filly championship.

Tom Power, Ballynock, Dungarvan, won the yearling title with his King Masters filly, while in the two-year-old section, Michael O’Donnell led up bay gelding Cygnet to take the champion two-year-old title for Tom and Frances Carroll, Dungarvan.

The half-bred broodmare championship was won by Michael Roche, Assagart, Folksmills, Co Wexford.

In the cattle section, Michael McGrath, Cloyne, dominated the dairy section, where his string of successes included the Glanbia sponsored Super Cow class.

Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, took the beef championship honours with his Aberdeen Angus bull, while James Kingston was successful in the Herefords.

The Simmental section was won by William O’Riordan, Rathcormac, Co Cork, and the Charolais championship went back to Grange, Co Limerick, when Jerry O’Keeffe was successful.

The Limousin breed championships was won by Frank Buckley, Kildinan.

It was also a memorable day for young David McGrath, Clashmore Co Waterford, who took the junior stock person award.

The top award in the sheep section went to Billy Fraher, Portlaw, with Pat Whyte, Cutteen, taking the reserve award.

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