Clydesdales parade in Kilrea

IN GLORIOUS spring sunshine on Saturday past, crowds gathered to admire Ulster’s top Clydesdale males within Kilrea Livestock Mart.

The Judge for the day was Neil Christie, from the well known Dalfoil Stud, Balfron, near Glasgow.

The two stallions who gained Clydesdale Horse Society premiums were the homebred Glebeview Sir Charles shown by Victor and Raymond Scott, Limavady and Carnaff Ambassador bred and shown by Danny and Mick McKay, Dervock, also shown by the McKay Bros was Carnaff New Generation who will stand at stud this year.

A show of young stock preceded the Stallion Parade. The judge’s choice as Overall Champion came from Tommy and David McAleese, Aghadowey with the two year old colt Aghadowey Chieftain, bred in Scotland by Vic Peterkin, and sired by Collessie Sir Alex. The Reserve Champion went to the yearling colt, Macfin Topstar, exhibited by Graffin & Yvonne Hanna, this a homebred colt sired by premium stallion Glebeview Sir Charles.

The class results were as follows: CLASS 1 – Gelding 3 Year Old & Upwards, 1st-Hallmark Jake (W. Hall). Class 2 – Two Year Old Colt or Gelding, 1st- Aghadowey Chieftain (McAleese Bros.); 2nd Edenbann Bobby (Nevin Smith).

Class 3 – One Year Old Colt or Gelding, 1st- Macfin Topstar (G & Y Hanna); 2nd- Dairylough Maverick (S & V Parke); 3rd- Collessie Advance (McAleese Bros.); 4th- Carrickmannon Big Ben (Jimmy Massey).

CHAMPION- Aghadowey Chieftain (McAleese Bros.)

RES. CHAMPION -Macfin Topstar (G & Y Hanna)

The CHS organisers would like to extend their thanks to all those who exhibited, H.A. McIlrath for granting permission to use their premises and kindly supplying the class rosettes.

Last but not least, thanks go to Steele Farm Supplies, Thompsons, McAuley Feeds and Victor Scott for their generous sponsorship on the day.