Num­ber of en­tries high this year for gymkhana

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THE rain held off for the first time in three years for the 38th John­stown-Cool­gre­any Gymkhana and Field Day, which man­aged to raise a gen­er­ous amount of €10,000 for two lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

For the first time in 38 years John­stown Church will ben­e­fit from the funds raised, who will share the €10,000 with Cool­gre­any Tidy Towns.

‘The num­ber of en­tries we got this year for the horse jump­ing and dog show were up this year, the weather def­i­nitely helped us,’ said chair­man for John­stown-Cool­gre­any Gymkhana De­clan Finn.

De­clan said they had a lot of en­tries for the Pony Jump­ing Show and the Horse Jump­ing show, where many vis­i­tors gath­ered around the ring to see all the dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions.

The an­nual field day ran along side with gymkhana, where every­one en­joyed all the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing wheel of for­tune, bric-a-brac, and some light re­fresh­ments.

‘We are def­i­nitely go­ing to look at the field day events and make it big­ger for next year as we feel it is some­thing that is start­ing to die out,’ said De­clan.

De­clan said he would like to thank for all of those who helped on the day and to any­one who do­nated to­wards two great lo­cal causes.

Pony Jump­ing win­ners: Theo Byrne Cup – Ciara Wafer; Nancy Mur­phy Cup – Bridin Doyle; May Byrne Cup – Ni­cole Kelly; Ai­dan Ka­vanagh Tro­phy – Ni­cole Kelly; Walsh Cup – Cather­ine Doyle; Sean Mur­phy Cup – Thomas De­vaney; Lead­ing Pony Rider 2017 – Ni­cole Kelly.

Horse Jump­ing win­ners: Frank Ka­vanagh Cup – Emma Bab­bos; Fr Jerry O’Brien Cup – Thomas De­vaney; Noel Scott Cup – Emma Bab­bos; Andy Con­dren Cup – Me­abh Byrne; Coillte Cup – Michelle Hughes; Patsy Mer­ri­gan Cup – Bren­dan Mur­phy; Lead­ing Rider 2017 – Emma Bab­bos.

Ciaran and Lyn­nann Mel­lon with their daugh­ter Aoise. Ben Curry on ‘Sonny’. Jack Mur­phy on ‘Speedy’, the maxi class win­ner. Mau­reen Kelly and Celia Red­mond. Jamie Win­ter­botham. Luke O Lion­ain with his mother, Mendy O Lion­ain and Paula Walker. Kate...

Fiona Doyle with her daugh­ter Alan­nah. Nor­man and Vi­o­let Jack­son with their grand­chil­dren, Ross and Faye War­ren.

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