Top exhibitors to the fore at Midleton agricultural show

THE top exhibitors were to the fore again last Sunday, with Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty, showing the champion young horse at Midleton Show — a two-year-old bay gelding.

Eimear Fitzgerald, c/o Rosemary Connors, Woodstown, Co Waterford, took the ridden hunter championship, while Derry Rothwell, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, took the brood mare honours.

In the cattle classes, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr, won the Hereford and Angus championships, while John Barrett and Sons, Togher, Cork, showed the champion Friesian.

Some 300 horses and 150 cattle were shown at the event, organised by a committee headed by chairman Jim McCarthy and secretary Phyllis Lynch.

The long-established event was held on the lands of the Daly family at Ballyedikin, and was favoured by fine weather. Champions included:

HORSES

Ridden Hunter — Eimear Fitzgerald, c/o Rosemary Connors, Woodstown, Co Waterford.

Brood Mare — Derry Rothwell, Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

Filly — Stephen O’Sullivan and Emer White, Riverstick.

YOUNG HORSES

Thoroughbred — Billy Barry, Lislevane, Bandon.

Half-Bred — Seamus Lehane.

Overall — Seamus Lehane.

PONIES

Show Hunter – Tony Purcell, Askeaton, Co Limerick.

Show Pony — SM and ML Taylor, Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry.

Ridden Connemara — Phillipa Mansergh Wallace, Grenane House, Tipperary.

Worker Hunter — Ann O’Donnell, Cahir, Co Tipperary.

Led Pony — Michael Calnan, Leap.

Led Connemara — Tom Murray, Macroom.

Welsh – Ann Marie Linnane, Tipperary.

Donkey — Con Reidy, Donoughmore.

CATTLE

Friesian – John Barrett and Sons, Togher, Cork.

Hereford – Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr.

Angus – Albert de Cogan.

Charolais – Tim and Doreen Corridan, Fedamore, Co Limerick.

Simmental — William and Jenny Cotter, Dripsey.

Limousin — John O’Grady, Midleton.

Belgian Blue — John Cahalane, Skibbereen.

Commercial — Robert McGivern, Carrigtwohill.

SHEEP

Suffolk — Edward Jeffery, Ladysbridge.

Charollais — J and F Jeffery, Midleton.


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