New­cas­tle show draws top rid­ers


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ONE OF the top eques­trian events of the year takes place on Satur­day and Sun­day with the New­cas­tle Horse Show at Bal­ly­money Park Stud, Kil­bride.

Last year, well known rid­ers such as World Cham­pion Der­mot Len­non and Aga Khan team mem­bers Conor Swail and Mar­ion Hughes took part.

The show is run in aid of St. Cather­ine’s Day Care Cen­tre in New­cas­tle and the work­ing com­mit­tee man­aged to raise ¤ 20,000 af­ter fund­ing for its pre-school for autis­tic chil­dren was de­nied Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

‘Fundrais­ing is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult this year,’ says Pam O’Lough­lin of the show com­mit­tee.

‘We are so grate­ful to all our spon­sors who have looked af­ter all our ca­ter­ing needs so won­der­fully for the last few years.’

At 52 years old, the New­cas­tle Show is one of the old­est in the coun­try and this year its ¤ 10,000 Blox­ham Grad Prize is in the SJI Su­per League. As it’s the sec­ond last event of the sea­son ex­pect the com­pe­ti­tion to be fierce. With a to­tal prize fund of ¤30,000, there is plenty at stake in the other com­pe­ti­tions as well.

There will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment over the two days as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Show Sec­re­tary, Regina Con­naughton at regi­na­con­naughton@eir­

Eleven-year-old friends Sarah O'Lough­lin from Newtownmountkennedy and Amy Sut­ton, Grey­stones, with their ponies Chloe and Susie who will be com­pet­ing again this year at the New­cas­tle Show.

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