Busy period of shows continues in Mid-Antrim

Show season is in full swing across the Mid Antrim Combine area with results coming in from a number of local clubs.

Ballymena & Dist winners W Gilbert (left) and MDC Magill.


Latest classes were Old Pairs and YB Fancy T/W, judges travelled in from Kells & Dist secretary Mervyn Gregg and Highest Prize-winner Jeff Surgenor. MDC Magill took the Red Card in the Fancy with a Blue Pied Busschaert while W & N Gilbert had 1st in Old Pairs and BIS. The hen penned here was winning for the third time this season. Old Pairs (76 birds) – 1st, 3rd & VHC W & N Gilbert, 2nd Russell Bros, 4th G & A Eagleson, Reserve MDC Magill, HC B Herbison, Commended Blair & Rankin. Young Bird Fancy (28 birds) – 1st & HC MDC Magill, 2nd McFall & McManus, 3rd W & N Gilbert, 4th Russell Bros, Reserve & VHC M/M M Sempey, Commended G & A Eagleson. Final show dates – 8th December OB & YB Eye-sign, 15th December Red, Mealy & Grizzle, 22nd December Card Winners. The annual Open Show is Thursday 1st January 2015. The Annual dinner and prize presentation will be in the Tullyglass Hotel on Saturday 10th January 2015.

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Latest Classes were Young Cocks when judges were Sammy Steele and Harry McCloy from Cullybackey placed the cards with Red Card winners Scott & Clements. The judges for the Young Hens were Terence McCrudden (Coleraine) and John McConaghie (Ballymoney), the Red Card winners were T Shanks & Son. Young Cocks (112 birds) – 1st & Reserve Scott & Clements, 2nd & VHC Surgenor Bros, 3rd & Commended A Barkley & Son, 4th T Shanks & Son, HC Gregg Bros. Young Hens (130 birds) – 1st & 3rd T Shanks & Son, 2nd & VHC Surgenor Bros, 4th & HC B Swann & Son, Reserve Scott & Clements, Commended A Barkley & Son.


Old Cock Handled – 1st & Commended T & G Balmer, 2nd & VHC C Moore, 3rd & 4th D & R Turkington, Reserve W Livingstone, HC M/M L Robinson. Old Hens Handled – 1st R Lowry, 2nd & 3rd T & G Balmer, 4th, Reserve, VHC & Commended D & R Turkington, HC T Balmer.


Gibson & Dickey had the Red Card in Old Cocks lifting BIS with a Hartog that had won twice from 250 miles, and the winner in the Late Breds was Brian Herbison. Old Cock Handled – 1st, 4th & Reserve Gibson & Dickey, 2nd & HC A Darragh, 3rd & Commended Russell Bros, VHC N & S Anderson. Late Breds – 1st, 3rd & 4th B Herbison, 2nd Gibson & Dickey, Reserve & HC A Darragh, VHC & Commended J & J Greer. Saturday – Old Hen Handled and Fancy.