The People’s Park will be alive with the sights and sounds of horses on the final and main day of Country Comes to Town.
There will also be a range of amusements in the park for children to enjoy.
Ring one will be dedicated to the judging of the Connemara classes and registered Exmoor ponies. Enquiries should be made to Mrs F Mulholland on 0283823 2589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nicpba.co.uk.
In the private driving ring, the day will begin at 10am with in-hand classes up to 13.2, in-hand over 13.2, and in-hand for coloured horses (any height).
This will be followed by Hackney pony or horse driven to a show wagon. The show continues with the private driving classes which include exercise vehicles, Shetland ponies (driven), country turnouts, donkey driven to a suitable vehicle, lady whip, junior whip, open driving classes and trade vehicles.
A new class this year is mountain and moorland – including half bred (excludes Welsh ponies and cobs) driven to a suitable vehicle.
The highlight of the day will be the Concours D’Elegance - to be judged from a distance – and will include a Welsh mountain pony to a milk float and a cob to a London trolley, to name but a few turnouts.
The judge will be Robert Smyth, assisted by the stewards. There is excellent prize money and the entry fee is £7 per class.
Enquiries and completed entry forms for private driving classes should be sent to Margaret Carlisle, 8 Landor Park, Lisburn BT27 5HF or telephone 028 9266 5893.
Last year’s Championship winners of Perpetual Challenge Shields and Cups are asked to return them by Saturday, September 21.
The organisers have thanked Craigavon Borough Council, the funders and sponsors without whom, they say, it would be impossible to run such an event.
Competitors and spectators are expected from all over Ireland and the mainland and the park should be a hive of activity for this very popular part of the festival.
Meanwhile, in the town, Edward Street will be transformed into a craft street when ‘Crafts of the Past & Crafts of the Future’ will showcase local craft talent, including demonstrations such as wood turning, straw craft, weaving, blacksmith, a textile artist using a mini loom, ceramicist, jewellery making, basketry and lace.
An exhibition of craft, applied art and design will be held in Portadown Town Hall. It is intended to challenge and inform the public perception of craft as an art form.