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  1. JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS UPWARDS AND ONWARDS BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW ON THE WAY SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 19 IN BALLYMENA For Your Sat Navs : BT42 2HS Gates Open at 10.00am Showing starts at 12.30 Mid and East Antrim Working Dog Club will be running their Christmas Show on Sunday 8th of December 19. There will be showing for Lurchers/Terriers and Whippets (Please note there will be no Racing due to the enclement weather at this time of year) The Show will be held in Ballymena, at Ballee Playing FIelds, Ballee Road West, Ballymena.BT42 2HS Lurcher Classes Pups U23 Smooth O23 Smooth Rough Bull cross Working Non ped Veteran 7+ Terriers Pups Russell Lakeland Patterdale Working Cross breed Veteran 7+ Whippets Pup Dog Bitch Working Racing Veteran 7+ Gate £3 Classes £3 Judges will be posted nearer the time. Also there will be food on site. All the usual Handling Classes and of course the Raffle with some great prizes to be won. So come along with your dogs and enjoy the festivities, get into the Christmas spirit, and keep Sunday 8th December Free. SEE YOU ALL THERE DONT YOU FORGET NOW. Margaret Mc Stay
  2. *BIG RACE DAY TO MORROW AT BARKER PARK CARLOW* DONT YOU FORGET NOW BOW WOW WOW BARKER PARK CUP DAY , Co Carlow Sunday 27th October 2019 at Barker Park, Co Carlow. Racing for the Jim Clarke & Christopher Loughlin Cups and Plaques. First Race at 11am sharp. Entry on the day in Barker Park, Old Leighlin, Co Carlow Categories are as follows: 1 - Under 21" 2 - Under 22" 3 - Under 23" - Christoper Loughlin Cup 4 - Under 25" 5 - Big Dogs - Over 25" - Jim Clarke Cup 6 - Hairy Dogs - Under 24" 7 - Hairy Dogs - Over 24" 8 - Bull Cross 9 - Whippets 10 - Full Hounds - Tagged 11 - Dogs that never won anything Please Note: All Dogs Must be Muzzled. MARGARET MC STAY
  3. 3 DOG SHOWS AND RACEDAYS IN 2019 NOT TO BE MISSED BOW WOW WOW BARKER PARK CUP DAY , Co Carlow Sunday 27th October 2019 at Barker Park, Co Carlow. Racing for the Jim Clarke & Christopher Loughlin Cups and Plaques. First Race at 11am sharp. Entry on the day in Barker Park, Old Leighlin, Co Carlow Categories are as follows: 1 - Under 21" 2 - Under 22" 3 - Under 23" - Christoper Loughlin Cup 4 - Under 25" 5 - Big Dogs - Over 25" - Jim Clarke Cup 6 - Hairy Dogs - Under 24" 7 - Hairy Dogs - Over 24" 8 - Bull Cross 9 - Whippets 10 - Full Hounds - Tagged 11 - Dogs that never won anything Please Note: All Dogs Must be Muzzled. --------------------------------------------------- SPECIAL NOTICE IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS (Cumann Madrai Oibre Na Heireann) Are pleased to announce their first fund raising day on SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 19 at Ballinabrannagh , Co Carlow For Lurcher/Terrier/Whippet Racing/Ferret Racing and Child Handling **For your Sat Navs : Eir Code.** R93 K573 Gate Open at 9.30 ( to accommodate anyone wishing to join membership /enrollment on the day ) On the schedule for the day will be Lurcher, Whippet, and Terrier Racing, Ferret Racing and Child handling. Also given the time of year the club have decided to have a fancy dress theme for the children and their families. There is also the serious side of racing, and the club see this as a great opportunity to apply their new set of rules and address any teething problems around same. The club would very much appreciate your support, and will endeavor to make this day a memorable Sporting and Fun day for all. So put this date Sunday 3rd November 19 in your diary, as Mr Fox tells me he will not be available on that day. He is going to the beauty parlour to have his nails done. Dont You Forget Now. --------------------------------------------------- ****SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOW SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER 19.**** MID AND EAST ANTRIM WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CHRISTMAS DOG SHOW, WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR ON SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2019. FULL DETAILS LATER. Margaret Mc Stay
  4. BIG RACE DAY THIS SUNDAY RACE DAY ONLY IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS (Cumann Madrai Oibre Na Heireann) Are pleased to announce their first fund raising day on SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 19 at Ballinabrannagh , Co Carlow For Lurcher/Terrier/Whippet Racing/Ferret Racing and Child Handling **For your Sat Navs : Eir Code.** R93 K573 Gate Open at 9.30 ( to accommodate anyone wishing to join membership /enrollment on the day ) On the schedule for the day will be Lurcher, Whippet, and Terrier Racing, Ferret Racing and Child handling. Also given the time of year the club have decided to have a fancy dress theme for the children and their families. There is also the serious side of racing, and the club see this as a great opportunity to apply their new set of rules and address any teething problems around same. The club would very much appreciate your support, and will endeavor to make this day a memorable Sporting and Fun day for all. So put this date Sunday 3rd November 19 in your diary, as Mr Fox tells me he will not be available on that day. He is going to the beauty parlour to have his nails done. Dont You Forget Now.
  5. IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS (Cumann Madrai Oibre Na Heireann) Are pleased to announce their first fund raising day on SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 19 at Ballinabrannagh , Co Carlow For Lurcher/Terrier/Whippet Racing/Ferret Racing and Child Handling **For your Sat Navs : Eir Code.** R93 K573 Gate Open at 9.30 ( to accommodate anyone wishing to join membership /enrollment on the day ) On the schedule for the day will be Lurcher, Whippet, and Terrier Racing, Ferret Racing and Child handling. Also given the time of year the club have decided to have a fancy dress theme for the children and their families. There is also the serious side of racing, and the club see this as a great opportunity to apply their new set of rules and address any teething problems around same. The club would very much appreciate your support, and will endeavor to make this day a memorable Sporting and Fun day for all. So put this date Sunday 3rd November 19 in your diary, as Mr Fox tells me he will not be available on that day. He is going to the beauty parlour to have his nails done. Dont You Forget Now.
  6. New Lurcher Racing Classification and Rules Irish Game Fair, Shanes Castle, Antrim 27/28 June 2020 To answer all your queries on this Race The Master McGrath becomes a ‘Winner’ takes All 24 dog Open Sweepstake This race is now open to any lurcher that has won an elite race from June 2017/2018/2019. Entries in advance costing £10 which qualifies the owner for a free ticket to the Fair. Places in the race will be granted on a ‘first come first served basis.’ To book your Dog and get details of how to pay, please email Albert Titterington at : irishcountrylifestyle@ btinternet.com ****Remember**** Closing date is when 24 dog entries received - Entries will be accepted on 'first come first served' Margaret Mc Stay
  7. New Lurcher Racing Classification and Rules Irish Game Fair, Shanes Castle, Antrim 27/28 June 2020 The Master McGrath becomes a ‘Winner’ takes All 24 dog Open Sweepstake This race is now open to any lurcher that has won an elite race. Entries in advance costing £10 which qualifies the owner for a free ticket to the Fair. Places in the race will be granted on a ‘first come first served basis.’ All entry fees will be put into the prize for the winner which will be a minimum of £500. Last year’s Winner & Runner Up get a FREE entry. The Mick the Miller Race for Hairy Dogs is open to entries on the Day. Prizemoney will be £200 to the winner. Entry fee £4. 32nd Annual All Ireland Championship Races Under 22” Elite All Ireland Champion Race £50 to the Winner Under 24” Elite All Ireland Champion Race £50 to the Winner Over24” Elite All Ireland Champion Race £50 to the Winner Traditional Lurcher Championships Over and Under 23” Heavy Bull Lurcher Championship Open Whippet Championship Race Open Terrier Racing Championship Please Note: We have had a system in place for some years whereby anyone actually present at the fair can make an objection to the winner by making a formal objection and putting down a deposit of €50/£50. This will be returned if the objection is upheld. If the challenge fails the money will be donated to charity. This will be the ONLY system of dispute that will be considered and no debate will be entered into over the results AFTER the Fair. This is the system used by the other sports and there are no unseemly disputes after these other competitions.
  8. TULLYLISH DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST 19 As this was the last working dog show of the year, we were up with the lark on Sunday morning, and very soon on our way to the now annual Tullylish Dog Show and Raceday. The sun was beamimg down as we made our way through the leafy countryside of County Down and to the beautiful picturesque village of Lawrencetown.This was the superb venue for the Tullylish Dog show and Race day, and what a day we had. This was one of the best venues for a show that I have been to this year,with ringside parking, well spaced out rings and a good heavy up hill race track. The weather displayed what a good summers day should be, a scorcher, and this no doubt brought the crowds out to full capacity. The children were bouncing about enjoying themselves in the mid-day sun, while the older folk were stretching themselves out on the grass taking in the rays. From early morning, cars and trailers arrived from North and South of the border, with families and dogs in tow. There was a Burger van with very tasty food, Hospitality Trailer for a few bevvys, and Toilet facilities on site. As the show progressed, so did the banter and the craic. It was nice to meet up with so many regular show goers and also some new ones, all out for a good days enjoyment before the long cold days of winter come upon us. And that they done whole heartedly. No matter how many shows I have went to over the years, and there have been many, I still meet and make new friends. What a lovely job this can be. Time moves swiftly on and very soon it was Showing and Racing Time. Here are some Showing and Racing Results. SHOWING RESULTS Overall Champion PUP Stewart Graham with ACE Reserve Champion Kieran Gribben with Buttons Overall Champion Whippet Tracy Gill with Isla Reserve Champion Davy Best with Penny Overall Champion Lurcher Rose Mc Coy with Texas Reserve Champion Harry Roche with Chase Overall Champion Terrier Paul Mc Keown with POPS Reserve Champion Eamo Mc Erlain with Spooky Overall Champion Bull Cross Neil Pinkerton with Ben Reserve Champion Maurice Mc Dowell with Karma Overall Champion Strong Dog Ethan Barry with Bobby Reserve Champion David Hanna with Buster Overall Champion and Best in Show Paul Mc Keown with POPS Reserve Champion Neil Pinkerton with Ben. Northern Ireland Champion of Champions Whippets Davy Best with Merlin Reserve Champion Janet Duke with Luca Northern Ireland Champion of Champions Lurchers Neil Pinkerton with Ben Reserve Champion Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue Northern Ireland Champion of Champions Terriers Paul Mc Keown with POPS Reserve Champion Eamo Mc Erlain with Spooky Racing Results Simulated Racing Neil Pinkerton with Jake Reserve Barry Reavey with Twister Under 21 Rose Mc Coy with Texas Hairy Under Danny Maxwell with Blue Hairy Over Sheamus Harte with Nora Under 23 Alison Gamble with Zira Over 23 Michelle Rafferty with DINO Bull Cross Kirsty Harpur with Regal Congratulations to all above winners And Finally, may I take this opportunity on behalf of the Tullylish Club, to thank the Judges on the day. Whippets : Conor Reynolds/Bull Cross : Paul Reid/Lurchers : William Newbury/Terriers : Martin Mc Donald/Strong Dogs : Noel Griffin NI Champion of Champions Judges Whippets : Tom Barry/Lurchers : Thomas Coleman/Terriers : Roy Nixon Judging is not an easy job, but you all carried out your duties very fair and to perfection. Some cracking photographs up on Facebook at the moment. It is nice to have them to look back on when the snow hits the window. And Finally Finally, I always save the best to last, and in this case I really mean the best. To the organisers John Barry and Paul Mc Alinden and your back up team, you produced a first class show with impeccable skill and organisation and pulled out all the stops to make your show a memorable day full of excitement and enjoyment for everyone. Every part of your show went like clockwork. Well done and a credit to all involved. Now Folks I must go, as I have an appointment in the next couple of weeks with Mr Foxy at his digging school to hone up some more skills in my old age. He has promised me a few good digs geared for pensioners. To we meet again God bless, and keep safe over the winter, and I look forward to meeting up with you all again in March 2020. Margaret Mc Stay
  9. OLAY OLAY, TULLYLISH IS ON ITS WAY. TOMORROW ; SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST 19 FOR YOUR SAT NAVS : BT63 6DF ***WILL BE WELL SIGN POSTED*** DIRECTIONS TO TULLYLISH SHOW TO MORROW(OFF THE GILFORD/ BANBRIDGE , Co Down) 1/ IF YOU ARE COMING FROM GILFORD SIDE, YOU WILL SEE A BLUE BUILDING ON YOUR LEFT HAND SIDE, SAYING TYRE AND SALES (JP O HAGAN) YOU ARE NOW IN LAWRENCETOWN VILLAGE AND AT THE CROSSROADS. TAKE A RIGHT TURN INTO POINT ROAD. IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE BANBRIDGE SIDE OF LAWRENCETOWN, AT THE CROSSROADS, TAKE A LEFT TURN INTO POINT ROAD. 2/ DRIVE STRAIGHT ON UP THE POINT ROAD TO YOU COME UP A VERY STEEP HILL. 3/ AT THE VERY TOP OF THE HILL, TAKE THE FIRST ROAD ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, AND THEN TAKE ANOTHER LEFT STRAIGHT AWAY AND THE FIELD IS IMMEDIATELY ON YOUR RIGHT HAND SIDE. YOU COULD NOT MISS IT. I HAVE BEEN OUT TO SEE THE VENUE THIS EVENING, AND IT IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE SEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME. GREAT FOR BOTH RACING AND SHOWING. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL TO MORROW, THE WEATHER IS GOOD, AND ONE OF THE LAST SHOWS BEFORE MR FOXY COMES BACK OF HIS HOLIDAYS. WILL BE WELL SIGN POSTED MARGARET MC STAY
  10. SPECIAL NOTICE : UPDATED I AM STARTING OFF MY NEW DOG SHOW LIST TO DAY FOR 2020. I WOULD SUGGEST WE USE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DATES TO ERADICATE 2 OR 3 SHOWS ON THE SAME DATE. ****IF YOU ASK ME FOR A DATE FOR A SHOW AND I HAVE A SHOW ALREADY LISTED FOR THAT DATE, I MUST SAY I HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO REFUSE YOU THAT DATE. I AM LEAVING IT TOTALLY UP FOR EVERY SHOW ORGANISER NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE BORDER TO TRY AND PULL TOGETHER ON THIS ONE. **** ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ****SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOW SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER 19.**** MID AND EAST ANTRIM WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CHRISTMAS DOG SHOW, WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR ON SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2019. FULL DETAILS LATER. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MY NEW DOG SHOW LIST FOR 2020. ( I will keep adding to the list as I get them in ) SUNDAY 29TH March 2020 IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS CLUB/DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY. ( IRISH MIDLANDS) SATURDAY 4TH APRIL 2020 DOWNPATRICK TERRIER/LURCHER/WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY SUNDAY 5TH APRIL 2020 KILLURE WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CLUB, CO WATERFORD SUNDAY 12TH APRIL 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 19TH APRIL 2020 LAOIS LURCHER, TERRIER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, CO LAOIS SUNDAY 26THAPRIL 2020 CO ANTRIM LURCHER, WHIPPET, AND TERRIER CLUB, DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, BALLYMENA, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2020 AVONDHU FOX HOUNDS DOG SHOW, FERMOY, CO CORK. SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020 ROCKVIEW HARRIERS ANNUAL WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER, AND HOUND DOG SHOW AT DANESFORT, CO KILKENNY. SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2020 DUBLIN WORKING TERRIER CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, CO ARMAGH SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2020 KILDARE WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, CO KILDARE SUNDAY 17THMAY 2020 NILRC LURCHER, TERRIER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, BALLYMENA, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 24THMAY 2020 FLORENCE COURT DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, FLORENCE COURT , CO FERMANAGH. SUNDAY 31ST MAY 2020 WEST WEXFORD HARRIERS DOG SHOW, CASSAGH, CO WEXFORD SATURDAY 6TH JUNE 2020 MAN O WAR DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY SATURDAY 6TH JUNE 2020 ( IN FIELD OPPOSITE CLAY LAKE ) KEADY ROAD, CO ARMAGH. SUNDAY 7TH JUNE 2020 MUWC WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY. ( VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED) SUNDAY 14TH JUNE 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 21st JUNE 2020 NORTH TIPPERARY HOUND AND DOG SHOW , LISBONNY, NENAGH , CO TIPPERARY SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2020 IRISH GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR, SHANES CASTLE, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2020 IRISH GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR, SHANES CASTLE, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 5TH JULY 2020 KILTROUGH TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO LOUTH SUNDAY 19THJULY 2020 BRAID VALLEY LURCHER, TERRIER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, BALLYMENA , CO ANTRIM. SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 26THJULY 2020 MUWC WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY. ( VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED ) SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST 2020 THE MID AND EAST ANTRIM TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET SHOW SUNDAY 16THAUGUST 2020 NILRC CHAMPIONSHIP DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, BALLYMENA, CO ANTRIM. SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 2020 IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW ( IRISH MIDLANDS) SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM MARGARET MC STAY 
  11. SPECIAL NOTICE : I AM STARTING OFF MY NEW DOG SHOW LIST TO DAY FOR 2020. I WOULD SUGGEST WE USE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DATES TO ERADICATE 2 OR 3 SHOWS ON THE SAME DATE. ****IF YOU ASK ME FOR A DATE FOR A SHOW AND I HAVE A SHOW ALREADY LISTED FOR THAT DATE, I MUST SAY I HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO REFUSE YOU THAT DATE. I AM LEAVING IT TOTALLY UP FOR EVERY SHOW ORGANISER NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE BORDER TO TRY AND PULL TOGETHER ON THIS ONE. **** ****SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOW SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER 19.**** MID AND EAST ANTRIM WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CHRISTMAS DOG SHOW, WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR ON SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2019. FULL DETAILS LATER. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MY NEW DOG SHOW LIST FOR 2020. ( I will keep adding to the list as I get them in ) SUNDAY 29TH March 2020 IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS CLUB/DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY. ( IRISH MIDLANDS) SUNDAY 5TH APRIL 2020 KILLURE WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CLUB, CO WATERFORD SUNDAY 12TH APRIL 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 19TH APRIL 2020 LAOIS LURCHER, TERRIER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, CO LAOIS SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2020 AVONDHU FOX HOUNDS DOG SHOW, FERMOY, CO CORK SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2020 DUBLIN WORKING TERRIER CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, CO ARMAGH SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2020 KILDARE WORKING TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY, CO KILDARE SUNDAY 31ST MAY 2020 WEST WEXFORD HARRIERS DOG SHOW, CASSAGH, CO WEXFORD SUNDAY 14TH JUNE 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 21st JUNE 2020 NORTH TIPPERARY HOUND AND DOG SHOW , LISBONNY, NENAGH , CO TIPPERARY SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2020 IRISH GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR, SHANES CASTLE, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2020 IRISH GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR, SHANES CASTLE, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 5TH JULY 2020 KILTROUGH TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO LOUTH SUNDAY 26TH JULY 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST 2020 THE MID AND EAST ANTRIM TERRIER, LURCHER AND WHIPPET SHOW SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 2020 IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW ( IRISH MIDLANDS) SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020 SPORTING WHIPPET CLUB NI WHIPPET DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY, CO ANTRIM MARGARET MC STAY
  12. Mid and East Antrim Charity Working Dog Show and Race Day Sunday 11th August 19 at the "Field of Dreams Schooling Track" , Maghera. Set in the rolling countryside of Maghera on the edge of the beautiful North Coast of Ireland is the now famous “ Field of Dreams Schooling Track “. This was the venue for the Charity Dog Show and Race day Sunday 11th August 19. After a trouble free journey, with dogs in tow, we arrived at our destination at approximately 10.00am. The place was buzzing with activity, with a burger stand to feed us all day, and all set up and ready to go for another great sporting event. The weather was pretty good, with a few light showers in the morning, with the sun peeping out for the rest of the day. There was a very nice crowd of like minded Country Sports people there on Sunday, all out with the same goal in mind to win and bring a trophy home on the day, and generally enjoy a good relaxing country sports event. It was nice to see new faces there, along with all the regular show goers. The banter and the craic was good with nice people, all out in abundance at the ‘Field of Dreams ‘ on Sunday, The Racing began at approximately 12.00noon followed by the showing. Here are the Racing and showing Results Heres are the Racing Results Bull Cross Charlene Rafferty with Shifter Reserve Charlene Rafferty with Red Hairy Dogs Earl Gardener with Cillus Reserve Danny Maxwell with Blue U21 Lurcher Fiona Devlin with Robin Reserve Earl Gardiner with Bonny U23 Lurcher Alison Gamble with Zara Reserve Fiona Devlin with Batman O23 Kirsty Harper with Joker Reserve Michelle Rafferty with Sally Whippets Sean Burke with Lilly Reserve Susanne Addis with Poppy Showing Results Childs Handling Class Cayce Coyle with Tyson Gentlemans Handling Class Rea Wilson with Odis Ladys Handling Class Carol Ann Brown with Ice Lurcher Champion Earl Gardiner with Silus Whippet Champion Colin Tucker with Cooper Terrier Champion Aimee Higginson with Toby Overall Champion Pup Davy Best with Danny Overall Show Champion and Best in Show Aimee Higginson with Toby Congratulations to all above winners and well done. And finally, may I take this opportunity to thank everybody who come out and supported this show on Sunday. To the judges - Whippets : Michelle Rafferty/ Lurchers : Clayton Hastings/ Terriers Eamo Mc Erlain/ Childrens Ladies and Gents Handling Class : Lisa Dumigan. Judging can be a hard task master at any time, but you carried out your duties effective and efficiently on the day. Many thanks for that. Photographs were taken by several people, including myself on Sunday and are now proudly displayed on our face book pages. And Finally, Finally, if it were not for the organisers, Chontelle Mc Meekin / Mark Mc Callion and owner Joe Hurley, who worked tirelessly before and on the day to make this show a success, this day would not of been possible. Your input and experience was invaluable. You have hearts of gold and are shinning lights in the Country Sports show arena. Many thanks again for all your hard work and for a great cause. Last Sunday was a very special day for everyone at the “Field Of Dreams Schooling Track“ and especially for the Hurley Family, as this show was held in memory of their beloved son and brother Christopher who passed away a short time ago with a terminal Illness. The purpose of the show was to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity who cared so lovingly for Christopher during his end of life days on this earth. The charity Marie Curie Nurses, which this show was run for, help people affected with a cancer diagnosis or terminal illness to achieve a good quality of life, and support them to keep their independence and dignityfor as long as possible. The Marie Curie nurses are angels here on this earth, giving emotional support to families in the community when needed, including treating or managing pain and other symptoms with medicines, therapies and other specialist approaches. Chontelle Mc Meekin has reliable informed me, that in memory of Christopher Hurley and the treatment and care he received from this brilliant charity, £900 was collected on Sunday with some more cash to come in. There will be a presentation at the Marie Curie offices in the coming weeks where the final figure will be announced. How great is this. I must say, Chontelle/Mark and Joe, when I left the “ Field of Dreams” on Sunday evening, I left a little piece of my heart there and for the charity it was held for. I love that Schooling Track, and look forward to going back to this excellent venue shortly. Margaret Mc Stay
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