Horses trot out in style at equestrian competition

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It was another successful day for the equestrian section of Country Comes to Town, with competitors and spectators alike enjoying the show.

The results were:

Champion of Private Driving Classes: Liz Kelly-Ward (Ballyward) driving ‘Fronarth Flashman’ to a Pony Phaeton.

Reserve Champion: John Weir jnr (Ballyclare) driving ‘Milltown Boy’ to a ‘Norfolk Milk Float’

Champion in Hand: John Weir jnr – ‘Rosehall Alexander’

Champion Hackney Horse driven to a Show wagon: William Trimble (Rathfriland) driving ‘Heartland Advantage’

Reserve Champion: Damien Sloan (Downpatrick) driving ‘Sunbeam Fancy Ribbons’

Champion Exercise Vehicles: Thomas Magill (Newcastle) ‘Sunburst Boy’

Reserve Champion: John Weir jnr (Ballyclare) ‘Milltown Boy’

In-hand – any height- John Weir jnr (Ballyclare) ‘Rosehall Alexander’

Hackney Pony driven to a show wagon: William Trimble (Rathfriland) ‘Heartland Advantage’

Hackney Horse driven to a show wagon: Damien Sloan (Downpatrick) ‘Sunbeam Fancy Ribbons’

Exercise Vehicle – any height- 1, Thomas Magill (Newcastle), ‘Sunburst Boy’: 2, John Weir, ‘Milltown Boy’: 3, Alex Presho (Brookeborough), ‘Brookeborough Cheeky Chaps’.

Open driving class – any height – to a traditional type vehicle won by Liz Kelly – Ward driving ‘Fronarth Flashman’ to a Pony Phaeton: 2, Alex Presho driving ‘Brookeborough Stepping Strike’ to a Stanhope Gig.

Country Turnouts winner - Thomas Magill driving ‘Sunburst Boy’ to a Governess Vehicle.

Mountain and Moorland won by Liz Kelly–Ward driving ‘Fronarth Flashman’: 2, Alex Presho driving ‘Brookeborough Cheeky Chaps’ to a four-wheel event vehicle.

Concours d’Elegance judged by Margaret Carlisle (Lisburn) was won by John Weir jnr driving ‘Milltown Boy’ to a Norfolk Milk Float: runner – up Ruairi Creighton driving ‘Felix’ to a London Trolley.

Lady Whip – judged on the ability of the lady to drive the turnout - won by Jill Castles (Lurgan).

Junior Whip – judged on the ability of the Junior whip to drive the turnout - won by John Weir jnr driving ‘Milltown Boy’ accompanied by groom Denis O’Neill: 2, Ruairi Creighton (Saintfield) driving ‘Felix’ to a London Trolley with groom James Creighton – his grandfather.

Light trade: winner Ruairi Creighton driving ‘Felix’ to a London Trolley: 2, John Weir jnr driving ‘Milltown Boy’ to a Norfolk Milk Float.

The organisers have thanked the funders, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, and the sponsors who made the event possible, including Tesco at The Meadows for the use of their car park.

The Carriage Driving Section was judged by John Powell (Lisburn), the stewards were Robert Smyth (Comber) and Martin Tierney (Lurgan) assisted by section secretary Margaret Carlisle.