Old birds judged in hand at latest Ballymena show

Week 4 of the Ballymena & District HPS show season was the old birds judged in the hand, and the judges travelled from Rasharkin and Ballymoney,

Pictured at last week's Ballymena & District HPS show are (from left): W Gilbert, J Steele, D Dixon and BIS Len Russell.

What a season both lofts had, Jackie Steele top prize-winner in Rasharkin & District and Danny Dixon who had an outstanding season both in Mid Antrim and tops once again in Ballymoney.

Rullsee Bros from Cullybackey had 4 cards in the Old Cocks including 1st, 3rd & 4th and Best in Show Special. W & N Gilbert took the Red Card for the local club in Old Hens.

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Raffle was won by Ballymena Chairman Tom McAlonan.

Old Cock (48 (Birds) – 1st & Special Russell Bros, 2nd MDC Magill, 3rd, 4th & Commended Russell Bros, Reserve & HC Blair & Rankin, CHC W & N Gilbert.

Old Hen (55 Birds) – 1st W & N Gilbert, 2nd McAlonan Bros, 3rd & 4th Blair & Rankin, Reserve Russell Bros, VHC & HC G & A Eagleson, Commended M/M M Sempey.

Monday 24th Nov Old Pairs & YB Fancy, 1st Dec Young Pair & OB Fancy.

The annual Open Show is Thursday 1st January 2015.

The club’s annual dinner and prize presentation will be in the Tullyglass Hotel on Saturday 10th January 2015.


Judges at the recent show for the young birds judged in the hand were Martin & Elke Sempey who have enjoyed two super seasons on the trot in the big Ballymena & Dist HPS.

Alwyn Neill from Lurgan was the winner in Young Cocks while M/M Robinson took the Red Card for the home club in Young Hens.

This Friday classes are Old Cock & Old Hen Handled.

Young Cocks Handled – 1st & 3rd A Neill, 2nd T & G Balmer, 4th R Lowry, Reserve V Montgomery, VHC C Moore, HC D & R Turkington, Commended M/M Robinson.

Young Hens Handled – 1st M/M Robinson, 2nd V Montgomery, 3rd R Lowry, 4th, Reserve & Commended D & R Turkington, VHC A Neill, HC A & N Young.


Latest classes were the young birds judged in the hand by Harold Cubitt and Jimmy Robinson from Rasharkin. Russell Bros had 3 cards in Young Cocks including Best in Show.

J & J Greer had the Red Card in Young Hens.

Young Cock Handled – 1st, 3rd & HC Russell Bros, 2nd, VHC & Commended Gibson & Dickey, 4th T McFall, Reserve N & S Anderson.

Young Hen Handled – 1st J & J Greer, 2nd B Herbison, 3rd N & S Anderson, 4th & VHC A Darragh, Reserve & Commended Gibson & Dickey, HC Russell Bros. Next Week – Old Cock & Late Bred Handled.


INFC Charity Show – Will take place one week earlier this year, on Saturday 6th December in Lisburn Leisure Centre. Usual stands have booked their space, fancy pigeons and show classes will again be on view. Ballot tickets are with the local clubs, they need returned to Helen Marshall before the show date.