Irish Draughts at Clonakilty Show
'A great day out for the Irish Draught in Clonakility, Co. Cork as a new initiative to introduce a Performance Ridden Irish Draught Southern Region Competition by the members of the Cork/Kerry IDHBA Branch, where the final will be held at Limerick Show as part of the festival of traditional breeding.
Clonakility held a qualifier and two competitors qualified for Limerick. Tina Murphy's Cloherview Heroine by Crannagh Hero out of Donfree Flagmount Lass & Bernard Cummins' Jimmy D by Agherlow out of The Glen of Diamonds.
Catherine Cotter commentated on the class and explained how this initiative would give Ridden Performance Irish Draught enthusiasts a feel for the Ridden Performance ID class in the RDS at a fraction of the cost to the competitor.
Further qualifiers will be held at Cork Show, The WCHB Performance Show & at Ballybrack Equestrian Centre.
Results for other Irish Draught Classes which were judged by John Butler & James McWeeney are as Follows:
Irish Draught Mare:
1st Mary McCarthy's Aughatubber Wood, s.Coolcronan Wood, d. Keamore Gold.
Irish Draught Foal:
Registered Irish Draught 1yr & 2yr Gelding & Filly:
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|Martin Fahey receives the Bannvalley Perpetual Trophy from Pat OSullivan for the Champion Irish Draught Mare at Gorey Show.
Judges Ger O'Sullivan and Pat Hoare
Irish Draughts At Gorey Show
Despite heavy overnight rain it was sunshine and blue skies for the Irish Draught classes at Gorey Show on Saturday 15 June.
The first class of the day was the Ridden ID, new to the show this year it was well represented and won by Nick Whelan's Huntingfield Hollo by Huntingfield Heathcliff. Sponsor Jenny Haverty Meadowland Charlaois Breeders was on hand to present the prizes and a special prize was presented to the only stallion in the class Rusheen Yeats.
The Brood mare class was won by Michael Byrnes Woodland Diamond mare by Woodland Boy while Pat Murphys Clonakilty Hero colt won the foal class. A good strong class of Barren / Stinted mares presented next with Eddie Hannigan's 4 yr old chestnut filly by Gortfree Hero taking the honours. This mare had earlier finished second in the ridden class - certainly demonstrating the versatility of the Irish Draught.
The new Nomination class proved very popular and with a total of 7 top class Sires up for grabs it was all to play for. Again, Eddie Hannigans filly took the honours.
Moving on now to young stock and Sean Corrigan's long journey from Co. Meath paid off when his 2 year old filly by Drumri won the Lorcan Allen Perpetual Cup. This filly was bred by Sean's neighbour, Jimmy Heery, who was a very happy breeder at the ringside. In the 3 year old class, David Cosby's home bred filly took the red ribbon while Michael Murphy's colt by Young Carrabawn won the colt class.
There was great interest in the Championship and judges Dr Charlotte Moore and Robert Draper crowned Eddie Hannigans Yukon Diamond Champion ID with a delighted David Cosby and his Rebel Mountain filly standing reserve.
Both judges felt the champion was a strong ,active and versatile young mare well developed with depth and substance while the reserve was a well proportioned correct filly and a beautiful mover . A great days showing was had by all and we were blessed with the good weather.
A big thanks to all our sponsors: Morrins, Red Mills, Byrne Livestock Feeds, Meadowland Charlaois Breeders, MJ Kavanagh, Tom Kinsella, Shay Hayden, Shay and Jane Byrne, John Fallon, Bannvalley Irish Draughts, Allen and Kenny, James Murphy, Tim Wilson, Tim and Helena ORegan, Michael and Chris Mannion, Dermot McGuire, Jimmy and Geraldine Berney, Michael Murphy, Danny Molloy.
Finally thanks to our hard working Judges Dr Charlotte Moore and Robert Draper, stewards Jenny Haverty, Shay and Jane Byrne and Pat OSullivan and our ever patient and dedicated photographers William and Dorothy Stedmond.
Irish Draughts At Gorey Show
It took more than the rain to dampen the spirits of the Irish Draught enthusiasts who turned up to show case their stock at Gorey Show June 16. Proceedings began with a strong brood mare class under the watchful eye of judges Marily Power and Patricia Nicholson.
Danny Molloys Baltydaniel Silver Queen by Fast Silver took the first red rosette of the day. The foal class was won by Willem Savelkouls home bred Ardattin Violet by his own horse Castle Crest. This stallion also competed successfully in the working hunter class at the show.
There was a special prize for the best young handler and this was won by Cathriona Dora who showed Ardattin Violet. Terry Kehoe won the yearling filly class with his filly by Kilcotton Cross while John Wafers Tiger Hill filly took the honours in the 2 yr old filly class. Joan Fitzgeralds filly by Carrickrock Close Shave and Ger and Sadie Murphy s Zidane filly both qualified for the Bonniconlon Show 3 yr old final . The colt class was won by Michael Murphy with his 2 yr old colt by Young Carrabawn.
The show was lucky enough to receive €100 feed voucher from Morrins Redmills Baltinglass and this plus the Bannvalley Perpetual Trophy made it a competitive Championship.Danny Molloys long haul from Athlone paid off as Baltydaniel Silver Queen took the title of Champion Irish Draught of the Show with Ger and SadieMurphys LilLy B standing Reserve.
Both judges were very complimentary of the hard work put in by competitors in turning out their stock to the best advantage. In addition they encouraged all competitors to come out and support the Irish Draught classes and help promote and preserve the breed. Many thanks to everyone who helped in any small way to make the classes a success.
With a sponsor already on board for a ridden Irish Draught class next year the future looks bright and hopefully the weather will be too.