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  1. David Dickensons Charity Dog Show and Race Day, Rathnew , Co Wicklow, Sunday 2nd July 17. Blessed with its beauty, Rathnew, is a village in Co Wicklow, located deep in the garden of Erins Green Isle. This was the venue for David Dickensons annual Charity Dog Show and Raceday, Sunday 2nd July 17. The sun came out to play early in the morning, as we made our way down the motorway, taking in the views of this enchanting country side. There were no wrong turns this year, as David Dickenson and his good wife Marie were out and had the route well sign posted. We arrived in the field around 11.00am, and already parking places were filling up fast. The show rings were well spaced out, and a magnificent race track of good length for racing dogs. A chip and ice cream van was on site to keep the little people happy. Denise and Trevor Cahill were there with dog leads to suit every breed of dog in the field. Some lovely leads were purchased from this stand on the day. April Dickenson kept everyone well informed of all the happenings, with her brilliant and very efficient PA system. Well done April, you made sure we missed nothing. I met up with some lovely people yesterday, some old friends and also made some new ones. I met Jade Dunphy and her lovely family for the first time on Sunday. I have spoken to Jade many times on Face Book, so it was nice to meet you in person. Granpa Dunphy, a well respected and renowned huntsman in his day, was there to keep an eye on the crew, and this he did. Mr Dunphy senior met up with Mickey Quinn from Lurgan, our Lurcher Judge at the show, and discovered many years ago, he used to hunt with Mickys late father. What a coincidence. I think this really made Mickys day and brought back so many happy memories and nostalgia of hunting in his younger days with his late father. This Charity Show was well supported by our Northern folk, backed up with Dublin, Carlow, Cork and Waterford huntsmen and women, all here for a chance to win, and at the same time supporting this worthy cause. The lady winner of the Master Mc Grath at Shanes Castle two weeks ago Nicky Smith was there in full glory on Sunday, with her ever loyal partner David Nolan by her side. What a win Nicky. I am told the Champagne is still flowing in the Smith Household. I have noticed the dog shows in the South of Ireland are very generous with their class and Overall prizes. Every class winner at this show received a rosette and a bag of meal. Champions got 3 bags and Reserve got 2 bags. Overall Show Champion got 5 bags of meal. I counted 8 bags of dog meal sitting at the side of Peter Cummins van, all won, and all going home with one very happy punter. No dog meal to be bought in that household for a while. Time passes so quickly, and it was soon time for the Racing, followed by Showing. Here are some Racing Results. When I get the rest of the results I will update them UNDER 21” Peter Cummins UNDER 23” Ned Kane Over 23” Stephanie O Connor Bull Cross Jed Donagh with Chunk. *Showing Results* **Overall Champion Whippet went to : Karen Cummins with Maisie Reserve Jade Dunphy with Willow 3rd John Hunter with Jet --------------------------------------------------------- **Overall Champion Lurcher went to : Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue Reserve Pat Dunphy with George **Overall Champion Terrier went to : Gary Healy with Poppie Reserve Shane Gilmartin with Sid **Overall Show Champion and Best in Show went to: *** Gary Healy with his winning Terrier Poppie Reserve Karen Cummins with Maisie 3rd Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue ---------------------------------------------------------- **Champion Puppy Terrier went to: Gary Healy with Sailor **Champion Puppy Lurcher went to : Kirsty Harpur with Joker **Champion Puppy Whippet went to: Jade Dunphy with Willow **Overall Champion Puppy, and Best Puppy in Show went to: Kirsty Harpur with Joker **Overall Champion Pet went to: Emma Moody with her Doberman Reserve Brooke Byrne with her Jack Russell 3rd Dillon Conroy with his lurcher ---------------------------------------------------------- A big congratulations to all the winners and well done. And Finally, I would like to thank the judges for carrying out your remit so diligently on the day. Lurchers : Mickey Quinn/ Whippets : Michael Quinn/ Terriers : Jed Brady/ Pets : Ricky Tuite. Many thanks to all. As usual the racing team were right on the job. Dogs were measured, traps ready, and the racing run without a hitch. Billy Harpur was there with his camera, clicking away, and I also took some photographs with my mobile. These are all up on my timeline at the moment. There was a very poignant moment when the “Art Dickenson Memorial Cup", was presented to the Overall Champion Lurcher winner Maurice Mc Dowell by Margaret Duffy. This cup was in memory of Margaret and Davids late father Arthur Dickenson who passed away on show day, a few years ago. And Finally, Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank most sincerely David Dickenson, his wife Marie, daughter April, Ricky Tuite, Declan, Tomasina and PJ, and all your loyal band of helpers on show day. We all had a great family day out at this Charity Dog Show, which you all worked so hard to put together. I know there were some sleepless nights before the show, and a lot of hard work and organisation input. But everything went like clockwork on the day, well organised, and was a credit to the Dickenson family. It is also nice to know that the Martin Family will benefit from all our loyal Canine friends showing their dogs off on a fine summers day in Wicklow. Definitely a man and womans best friend in every sense of the word. Hopefully the revenue generated at this show on Sunday, no matter how big or small, will help ease the pain and suffering of this family in some small way. David, we all enjoyed ourselves down there in Co Wicklow on Sunday. Many thanks for the beautiful Bouquet of flowers you presented to me. I really enjoy the work I do in the Canine world, and expect nothing in return. David, your generosity knows no bounds, and I appreciate it so much. I must say I really enjoyed your show, and I am looking forward to next years show already. Margaret Mc Stay
  2. WUFF WUFF BARK BARK WOOEE ONLY 4 MORE SLEEPS ( Full Schedule will be up shortly ) ***JED DONAGHS DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY THIS SUNDAY 9TH JULY 17*** HIGH HOO, HIGH HOO, ITS OFF TO JED DONAGHS SHOW WE GO THIS SUNDAY COMING. ***WOW ITS A QUALIFER FOR THE 5 NATIONS CHAMPION LURCHER , AND THE BIG MICK THE MILLER RACING CHAMPIONSHIP AT BIRR CASTLE*** COME ON DOWN.I CAN PROMISE THIS WILL BE A GOOD ONE. JED HAS A LOAD OF SURPRISES UP HIS SLEEVE. DULEEK IS SO EASY TO GET TO COMING FROM THE NORTH OF IRELAND AND EVEN EASIER FROM THE SOUTH. ****FROM THE NORTH OF IRELAND**** WHEN YOU PASS THE BOYNE BRIDGE , TAKE OFF AT JUNCTION 9 AND GO UP TO THE ROUNABOUT. TAKE A LEFT AND THEN A RIGHT AND ON DOWN THAT ROAD STRAIGHT, KEEP ON THAT ROAD. THE VENUE WILL BE WELL SIGNPOSTED FROM THE ROUNDABOUT. CANT WAIT. SEE YOU ALL THERE Margaret Mc Stay
  3. We were delighted to help sponsor two successful teams at the weekend. ANGLING : The Tafi Ulster junior angling team became interprovincial champions. We don't usually allow bucket collections at the fair but these very polite young men needed £1,000 for their challenge. They reached this through the donations from our patrons and a top up from Bobby Bryans and ourselves. GUNDOGS : We also joined up with Red Mills to sponsor the Irish gundog team at the Scottish Game Fair. Top dog,top retriever team and 2nd overall -well done guys! Although our sponsorship budget is limited it is rare that anyone who requests sponsorship goes away 'empty handed' without some sort of sponsorship
  4. Sunday 2nd July 17 Kilworth and Araglen Harriers Annual Dog Show Sunday 2nd July 17. Starting time 12.30 , at Araglin Community Field. Kilworth is in Co Cork , between Fermoy and Mitchestown just 20mins from the motorway. Beautiful part of the country. DONT YOU FORGET NOW MARGARET MC STAY
  5. ****BIG ROAD TRIP TO MORROW TO THE GARDEN OF IRELAND.***** IN BEAUTIFUL CO WICKLOW WICKLOW ANNUAL CHARITY SHOW FOR : LURCHER , TERRIER, AND WHIPPET SHOW TOMORROW SUNDAY 2nd JULY . FLAPPER RACING STARTS AT 12 NOON, FOLLOWED BY SHOWING AT 1.30. PET SHOW WILL START AT 2.00PM THIS SHOW IS A CHARITY SHOW AND IS IN AID OF THE MARTIN FAMILY. ADMISSION 5euros TO SHOW A DOG 2euros SEE YOU ALL THERE, HOPE THE WEATHER KEEPS UP. ALWAYS A GREAT SHOW. DONT YOU FORGET NOW MARGARET MC STAY
  6. Further great publicity for the GGFI MASTER McGRATH and MICK THE MILLER CHALLENGES with a 2 page spread in this week's COUNTRYMAN'S WEEKLY and a full page in the DUNGARVAN POST. This is not only good PR for the races and the Great Game Fairs of Ireland but great PR for countrysports and working dogs.
  7. The Master Mc Grath Challenge the first leg of our twin All Ireland lurcher racing challenges produced a great finish and a great example of sportsmanship by the Smith family. As David Martin, manager of Brownlow House, the home of Lord Lurgan, stated on the Frank Mitchell Show, there is a neat link to the Shanes Castle Fair in that my co-founder of the fair, Major William Brownlow, was a member of the Brownlow family from Lurgan, and of course related to McGrath's owner,Lord Lurgan. Now its on to Birr and the Mick The Miller Challenge Final which has the support of the Mick The Miller commemoration Committee , local media and tourist interests, and virtually everyone in the lurcher world who have asked for a traditional lurcher championship and where better could a race be staged than in the dog's home county of Offaly. And another neat link - Mick The Miller was descended from Master McGrath. AND with the professionalism of the GGF ofI both races have been extremely well promoted including a special painting of the great dogs being produced by John R Moore. Limited edition prints are available from the artist.
  8. The Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival at Shanes Castle, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 17 Shanes Castle in its beautiful picturesque grounds on the Shanes Castle Estate Co Antrim was the venue for this years Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 17. And what a memorable weekend that was. The Game Fair and Fine Food Festival was the most comprehensive, biggest and best organised event in Northern Ireland, and was a brilliant window for Irish Country Sports and Country Life North and South of the border and further afield. Whether you are an expierenced Country Sports enthusiast interested in trying something new, or an out of town visitor eager to try your hand at something totally different, the Irish Game Fair provided a vast array of sporting interests for both young and old. Each year this event grows from strength to strength, with a jam packed itinerary of Gun Dog Trials, Lurcher,Terrier, Whippet Showing and Racing, Ferrets, Archery ,Clay Pigeon shooting, Fishing, and many more events too numerous to mention, and this year proved to be a real gem in the heart of our beautiful country. We arrived pretty early at Shanes Castle to get a good parking place, and straight away headed up the fair to get breakfast, and take in some retail therapy. We strolled around at our leisure visiting the many stands along the way, one being the dog rehoming stand which is very close to my heart. Keith Kirkpatrick and Colleen Cunningham do such wonderful work here to rehome these lovely animals, and long may it continue. Our next stop was at Stephen Smyths Barbour stand. I love this man. He is always so welcoming and has time for everybody. We moved on to see my good friend Emmett Mc Court and top chef in the Fine Food Marquee . The smell of fine food was definitely flowing in the air here. It was nice to meet up with Emmett, and hijack him again for my now annual photograph. We could not miss visiting Denise and Trevor Cahills canine stand with every type of dog lead you could mention. Along the way we met up with many good canine friends that we have made over the years, out of going and showing our whippets at nearly every show north and south of the border. We are like the bad penny we show up everywhere. Helen Hunter and her lovely family were there to greet us, as was Mc Grath Family and Smith Families from Carlow. We met Neil and Philip Pinkerton, the twins from Belfast. My goodness it is very hard to tell the difference between these two, they are so alike and such nice young fellows. Gregg Murphy travelled up the whole way from Donegal with his lovely family to enjoy and be part of this great sporting weekend. The people I have spoken about, and many more too numerous to mention have become good friends of ours, and we have made all these friends and many more through the Canine world. Although John and myself are getting older, and cannot get in the field or over the ditches as quick as we used to, we still love our Canine world, Country Sports, and our Dog shows and Racedays. Before the racing took place I watched the showing of the Teckel breed. These little wire-haired dachshund are a sporting sausage dog and have proved themselves both in the field and in the show ring as a top quality breed. These small but sporting dachshunds will find a place in every working household. The winners were: 1/ Billy Cauldwell with Biscuit 2/ James Greer with Denzel Congratulations to the worthy winners, and also to Judge Janet Duke for a job well done. Time passes so quickly when you are enjoying yourself, and all to soon it was time to get back to the Canine Country Sports section, and to one of the highlights of the weekend, on Saturday “The Master Mc Grath Racing Championship”. With the lure flyng up the track, the dogs were off and the 2017 Master Mc Grath championship final was on its way. As the cheers and roars of encouragement rang out around the wee blue hills of Antrim, Nicky Smiths Canine friend Scooby came romping home in full glory and crossed the white line to take this prestigious accolade home to Carlow with her. The thrills and tears of winning and the excitement from the winning family was just a sight not to be missed. And the icing on the cake was when Nicky Smith announced she was donating her cash prize winnings of £250 to The Cancer Charity at the NI Hospice. I can honestly say, there was not a dry eye around the ring when Nicky and her dad Donal told Mr Aj Titterington of their intentions. As Nicky told me, it was never about the money, it was just nice to win after Scooby getting Reserve for 2 years running. What a display of generosity from this young lady. Such a lovely family and a well deserved win. And another little bit of news for us women. Nicky is the first woman to ever win the Master Mc Grath. Reserve Champion in the Master Mc Grath went to one of natures gentlemen, Pat Mc Grath and his winning dog Tucker. Pat, a big congratulations and a well deserved win. Mammy Mc Grath and your lovely family were there to cheer you on. Well done Pat and sure maybe Tucker will be the winner in 2018. Full Racing Results Elite under 21 Joe Leonard with Amber Traditional under 23 S Mc Grath with Meg Traditional over 23 C Canavon with Maggie Heavy Bull Mickey Quinn with Hoss Light Bull Kirsty Harpur with Regal Elite under 23 Joe Leonard with Pepsi Elite over23 S Moore with Seven (Mick The Miller Qualifer) Eddie Kane with Scooter Greyhound James Anderson with Theresa Directors Challenge Gabriel Frank with Dash PUPs Charlene Rafferty with Dash Terrier Racing A Findlays on Island Special guest Adrian Horan, whose father trained “Mick The Millar “presented the Trophies for the racing. What a lovely man. Congratulations to all the winners. Sunday came bright and early and another packed day of Country Sports. First on the menu was the Ferret showing and racing. We had some craic in that arena. I really love this part of the show. This sport brings a great buzz of excitement and laughter, very popular, and some good wins too. Darren Moore and Graham Fyffe, you are experts in this field, and display a very high degree of sportsmanship, backed up with Stephen Mc Gonigles brilliant commentary. Many thanks for this part of the show. Ferret judging on the day was carried out by Leeroy Mc Cullough. Leeroy you done a wonderful Job and did not even get bit once. Results Ferret Showing Michael Quinn with Sandy Ferret Racing Paul Baxter with Bell Congratulations to above winners. Onwards and upwards, and showing time had arrived. The childrens handling class was on first. Again this year, it was a joy to see the smile on the faces of the little people when they received their goody bags prepared by Leanne Barry herself. Some work in that, as there were quite a few children in the ring. A Big Congratulations to all the children who took part, you were all winners on the day. Here are some results from the Showing. Ladies Handling Class Ashton Wylie with Keeta Gents Handling Charge Mickey Quinn with Lady Overall Champion Whippets Colin Maguire with Pepsi Reserve Janet Duke with Oscar Overall Champion Lurchers Mojo Kearney with Max Reserve Nick Irvine with Lilo Overall Champion Terriers Terence Mc Laughlin with Flapper Reserve Dessie Mackin with Frankie. ****Overall Show Champion and Best in Show went to: Mojo Kearney with Max ***Overall Champion Pup went to : Ashton Wylie with Keeta Reserve Miranda Hicks with Flint. A Big congratulation to all above winners and well done. *****And then for the Big Ones **** The 5 Nations Champion Terrier. ***This very prestigious prize went to : Dessie Mackin with Frankie, Handled by Peter Conn Reserve Dessie Mackin with Jet, Handled by Tara Hunt. The jubilation and cheers from the crowds around the ring for this popular winner was a joy to see. Well done Dessie with your winning Terriers. They were in great condition and deserved to win. ***Next on the Menu was the 5 Nations Whippet Championship 5 Nations Whippet Championship went to : Kirsty Fyffe and David Campbell with their winning Whippet Bobby. Reserve Janet Duke with Oscar Well what can I say that would describe the explosion of excitement that happened here when Kirsty Fyffe won the the 5 Nations Whippet Championship with her winning Whippet Bobby, leaving Kirsty in shock with tears of joy rolling fast down her face, and David Campbell keeping a protective winners arm around her. Poor Janet Duke, Reserve 5 Nations winner with her whippet Oscar was speechless , and friend Tracy Gill soon came to the rescue. Congratulations to all winners, and reserve winners both in Terrier and Whippet 5 Nations Championship and well done. And Finally may I take this opportunity to thank the Judges on the day. Lurchers /Terriers, /Whippets, and 5 Nation Judges. Judging is not always an easy job, but you carried out your duties with fairness and integrity. I cannot forget the man of the moment, and Canine Director Tom Barry for organising a another great Dog Show and Raceday as part of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland. Tom and your wife Leanne, Morgan and Ethan and your brilliant team of helpers done a first class job. You organised and carried out one of the best Dog Shows and Race days I have ever seen at Shanes Castle. Tom, I enjoyed every moment and long may it continue. Major investment by the Great Game Fairs of Ireland team has seen its Fairs at Shanes Castle and Birr Castle developed to a stage where they are unchallenged in the domination of their sector within the Irish Market place. The Game Fair at Shanes Castle has impeccable credentials, and annually attracts large numbers of people to the region, delivering a timely boost to tourism and an opportunity for town and country to come together to celebrate and enjoy the craic, along with some of our finest Country Sports and traditions. None of this would be possible without the man at the helm, and his brilliant field team. Yes the "King of the Castle" himself, Albertj Tittering . It is you I am writing about. You are definitely the” King of the Castle,” and in a league of your own. What can I say to describe a kind, thoughtful and generous man, that has given his life to Country sports and all the good causes that goes with it. Our lives have been enriched with the enjoyment you give to many families across the country, young and old through your Game Fairs. At the end of the summer season, when the home fires are burning bright, you give us all such happy memories to look back on. You are our Rock in the Country Sports world, and long may you continue. Behind every good man is a good woman. And Irene you fit this category with gold medals. What would he do without you. Many thanks Albert, Irene, Co Directors, Edwin Dash, and magazine editor Paul Pringle, and your back up team for a very enjoyable weekend at Shanes Castle, full of joy and excitement, and above all again a great window for Country Sports. And yet again Albert, you produced a brilliant and enjoyable weekend for all of us. Thanks for the memories. ***And now for Birr *** Cant wait. Margaret Mc Stay
  9. TWO TOP DOG SHOWS THIS WEEKEND SPOILED FOR CHOICE WICKLOW OR CORK ONLY 3 MORE SLEEPS Sunday 2nd July 17 The Wicklow Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Club are holding their 5th annual Charity Dog Show at Rathnew Co Wicklow this Sunday 2nd July 17. ( David Dickensons Show ) Sunday 2nd July 17 Kilworth and Araglen Harriers Annual Dog Show this Sunday 2nd July 17. Starting time 12.30 , at Araglin Community Field. Kilworth is in Co Cork , between Fermoy and Mitchestown just 20mins from the motorway. Beautiful part of the country. Margaret Mc Stay
  10. Well the Shanes Castle Fair is over with record crowds of countrysports enthusiasts on both days. Great gundog events with a new cocker event and I personally was delighted that the individual international retriever event was won by a golden retriever. The clayshooting and angling competitions too were excellent. Now this is supposed to be a Game Fair thread but do you see any examples of poor sportmanship on here from gundog enthusiasts, shooters and anglers? They too compete for good prizes and a large number of them are personal friends but they accept the judges decisions with grace and no rancour and of course no allegations of 'fixing'. Any disputes are settled within the rules on the field and not afterwards on social media. Moving on to the terrier and lurchers. Firstly I understand that there was a person selling dogs in poor condition I give fair warning that this individual or indeed anyone attempting to sell dogs or pups at Birr will be removed by the garda. But apart from this and silly troll allegations being made before and after the event the racing and show went smoothly. We had three excellent show judges for the ALL IRELAND SHOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS and several competitors from the UK. Moving on to the Five Nations Championships as reported elsewhere we had three excellent judges for the Terrier and Whippet Championships and the results were well received. Unfortunately we had the usual poor sportmanship from the terrier and lurcher trolls including the ridiculous allegations that the competitions were fixed or that they could forecast who would win. Now any sensible person should ask the simple question: Is it more likely that our team would fix any result by going through a charade of bringing in three respected judges and telling them who to pick OR is is more likely that the trolls are poor sportsmen who would love to win but know they don't have good enough dogs to compete fairly so they try to ruin the win for the person with the winning dog? Moving on to the racing many new All Ireland Champions were crowned and the highlight race the Master McGrath was one of the most exciting I have seen in years with three dogs in a blanket finish and the other two close up. Nicky Smith's Scooby came through on the line to win - after being runner up for two years previously he probably thought it was his turn! The Smiths were delighted and then made the sporting gesture which has resonated through the countrysports world outside of terrier and lurchers by donating the £250 winning cheque to a charity of my choice. Our spaniel director Ken Lindsay usually runs an event for a cancer charity in one of the gundog events and this year it was the cockers and the charity the NI Hospice. The entry fees for this are going to the charity and inspired by Nicky's gesture the winners gave their £20 prize money back and finally the Captain of the ROI Spaniel team Fintan Kelly gave his team expenses cheque of £200 back for the charity so quite a handsome cheque will go to a good cause. This sportmanship across the sports is what I want to see at our fairs - well done team Smith , Ken Lindsay, Cocker winners and Fintan Kelly.
  11. Frank Mitchell's radio show on U105 will be broadcast live from the Game Fair at Shane Castle this morning from 9.00 am to 12.00noon.
  12. The Sporting Whippet Club NI 2nd Dog Show of 2017 Sunday 7th May. The due was still on the freshly mowed grass, as we arrived at Dunsilly Kennells, Dunsilly, Co Antrim, on a fine Spring Sunday morning for the 2nd Sporting Whippet Club dog show and race day of 2017. It was not long to the sun broke through the clouds, cars and trailers started to arrive, sun parasols were going up everywhere, and very soon we were basking in mediterrian like weather in the beautiful Antrim countryside. There was a good turnout of whippets, with twelve to fourteen dogs in the ring at any one time. It was nice to see so many young pups coming along, and proved the whippet community is growing bigger from year to year. Again this year there are many new faces in the crowd and many new club members. The wee people were well catered for with a chippy van on site. Some tasty burgers and curry to die for. The raffle was just as popular as ever, with Nikki Fyffe and John Mc Stay winning everything in sight. Gladys Savage was well pleased with winning a pack of beer, and the icing on the cake for Alec and Gladys was their top whippet Billy BOB winning his grade in the racing . Time passes so quickly when you are enjoying yourself, and very soon it was show time. Here are the results : Judge – Darren Connolly Children’s Handling Class 1st Abbie Fyffe Baby Puppy (under 6 months) 1st Mick (Michael Quinn) 2nd Murphy (Gladys Savage) 3rd Alfie (Barry Chambers) Puppy (6 – 12 months) 1st Levi (Janet Duke) 2nd Bark (Ryan Hunter) 3rd Florence (Tracy Gill) Whippet Dog 1st Billy Bob (Alec Savage) 2nd Flynt (Kirsty Fyffe) 3rd Oscar (Janet Duke) Whippet Bitch 1st Roxy (Nicky Fyffe) 2nd Pepsie (Colin Maguire) 3rd Kelly (Davy Best) Working Whippet 1st Bolt (Graham Fyffe) 2nd Boss (Nicky Fyffe) 3rd Finn (Michael Quinn) Veteran Whippet (Over 6 years old) 1st Ollie (Kirsty Fyffe) 2nd Harley (Davy Best) 3rd Finlay (Janet Duke) Whippet Pairs 1st Ash & Oscar (Janet Duke) 2nd Pepsie & Sally (Colin Maguire) 3rd Alfie & Murphy (Barry Chambers) BEST IN SHOW – Levi (Janet Duke) RESESRVE BEST IN SHOW – Bolt (Graham Fyffe) Member’s Class Winner Frankie (Lisa Dumigan) Racing Results K.C. Registered Pups 1st Florence (Tracy Gill) 2nd Levi (Janet Duke) Grade (A) K.C. Registered Adults 1st Oscar (Janet Duke) 2nd Bolt (Graham Fyffe) 3rd Boss (Graham Fyffe) 4th Odis (Rea Wilson) Grade ( B )K.C. Registered Adults 1st Frankie (Lisa Dumigan) 2nd Flynt (Kirsty Fyffe) 3rd Sonny (Paul Morrison) Grade ( C ) K.C. Registered Adults 1st Finn (Michael Quinn) 2nd Gretta (Gail Canning) 3rd Flame (Ryan Hunter) K.C. Registered Veterans (6 years +) 1st Finlay (Janet Duke) Grade (A) Non Registered Adults 1st Billy Bob (Alec Savage) 2nd Roxy (Liz Fyffe) Grade ( B ) Non Registered Adults 1st Ruby (Barry Chambers) 2nd Willie (Sam White) Grade ( C ) Non Registered Adults 1st Joey (Barry Chambers) 2nd Roe (Gail Canning) Non Registered Veterans (6 years +) 1st Ollie (Kirsty Fyffe) Congratulations to : **Janet Duke winning Overall Champion Whippet and qualifying for 5 Nations Champion at Shanes Castle 2017, with her beautiful Whippet Levi . **Reserve Champion Whippet went to: Graham Fyffe with his winning whippet Bolt, an all rounder in the show ring , racing and in the field. Also congratulations to all the worthy winners on the day. And Finally, a big thank you to judge Darren Connolly for a job well done. A special word of thanks to David Campbell and Kirsty Fyffe who worked tirelessly on Saturday cutting the grass on the track and show ring , so we all could enjoy a care free family day on Sunday. And finally, finally, many thanks to our hard working chairman, vice chairman, racing manager,secretary, treasurer, committee and anybody who helped in any way to make the 2nd Sporting Whippet Club NI Whippet dog show and race day a roaring success. Looking forward to meeting up with you all again at Dunsilly on Sunday 18th June. This show will be the last qualifier before Shanes Castle 2017. Margaret Mc Stay
  13. IN DECEMBER 2016 we posted the details of our REVISED CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE and on FACEBOOK. Some people did not pick up on the fact that we were discontinuing providing FREE Tickets for qualifiers. Instead we added to the championships, enhanced the prizes for the runner ups, sponsored prizes for qualifiers at other shows and all qualifiers turning up to run will get a limited edition cap, and a year's subscription to Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine. We Stated: "Following a Review of our Terrier, Lurcher and Whippet Events the Great Game Fairs of Ireland team will be making the following changes to our programme to bring them into line with our other countrysports competitions . This includes the re-allocation of prize money and the dropping of FREE tickets". QUALIFIERS SHOULD NOTE : Qualifiers for the MASTER MCGRATH should register with David Titterington at Fair HQ before 11.00 on Saturday 24th June. Qualifiers for the FIVE NATIONS WHIPPET & TERRIER CHAMPIONSHIPS should register with David Titterington at Fair HQ before 11.00 on Sunday 25th June
  14. CLAY SHOOTING AT SHANES CASTLE GAME FAIR 24th & 25th JUNE Director: Kenny Thomas 30 BIRD GAME FAIR CHAMPIONSHIPS There are two classes in the GAME FAIR SPORTING CHAMPIONSHIPS run over 30 birds. Entry Fee : £10 CLASSIFIED and UNCLASSIFIED The Classified Class is for competitors who have been classified in any discipline. The Unclassified Class is for competitors who have never been classified in any discipline or won high gun at one of our game fairs. Prizes EACH CLASS EACH DAY 1st £100 plus £100 Barbour voucher for Smyths Countryports 2nd £75 3rd £50 HIGH GUN PRIZES FOR BEST SCORE OVER TWO DAYS High Gun Classified: £250 plus £100 Barbour voucher for Smyths Countysports High Gun Unclassified: £250 plus £100 Barbour voucher for Smyths Countysports Top Score by a Veteran (over 55 yo) over two days : £50 Top Score by a Lady over two days: £50 25 BIRD COMPACT SHOOT : ENTRY FEE £10 Top Gun each day £200 GAME FAIR OVERALL CHAMPION CLASSFIED: The best combined score in the 30 bird Sporting and 25 bird Compact wins a Bettinsoli Shotgun sponsored by Donal McCloy. GAME FAIR OVERALL CHAMPION UNCLASSFIED: The best combined score in the 30 bird Sporting and 25 bird Compact wins a Cogswell & Harrison Game Gun sponsored by David Brennan from Ardee Sports. Guns with the top two scores overall in each classification get FREE tickets for the Fair on Sunday and a FREE entry to the 30 bird sporting shoot. Fibre wads only to be used. Apart from the fantastic prize structure throughout the clay shooting competitions we have some SPECIAL MEMBERS competitions within these where Members of CAI and ShootingNI can not only take their chance at winning the major prizes but also can compete for SPECIAL MEMBERS prizes. MEMBERS SPECIALS Top score in the 30 bird Game Fair Sporting Championships over two days by a CAI member wins a LIFETIME's MEMBERSHIP of Countryside Alliance Ireland. SPECIAL SHOOTINGNI MEMBERS COMPETITION The Great Game Fairs of Ireland are delighted to co-operate with John Wray and ShootingNI to incorporate a shoot for ShootingNI members within our Clay Shooting Competitions at theShanes Castle Game Fair on the 24/25 June. The competition for ShootingNI members will be part of the 25 bird Compact Shoot. Not only will shooters have a chance of winning the £200 prize to be won each day or combining it with a score in the 30 bird Sporting Championships to win one of two guns but there are special ShootingNI members prizes. There is a 13" 'Dog & Gun' Trophy to be won for the top score each day and for the top score over the two days a very smart Wild Wings Wall Clock into which the winner can put their own sporting photograph PLUS a £50 voucher for Outdoor and Countrysports, Coleraine. Plus of course the winner will have great bragging rights as the 'TOP SHOT in ShootingNI'. GREAT COMPETITIONS at the GREAT GAME FAIRS of IRELAND
  15. UPDATED LIST OF DOG SHOWS/RACE DAYS/GAMEFAIRS AT THE 5th JUNE 17 Sunday 2nd July 17 The Wicklow Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Club are holding their 5th annual Dog Show at Rathnew Co Wicklow on Sunday 2nd July 17. ( David Dickensons Show ) Sunday 2nd July 17 Kilworth and Araglen Harriers Annual Dog Show Sunday 2nd July 17. Starting time 12.30 , at Araglin Community Field. Kilworth is in Co Cork , between Fermoy and Mitchestown just 20mins from the motorway. Beautiful part of the country. Full Details of this show later. Sunday 9TH July 17 Jed Donaghs Dog Show and Race Day There will be Lurchers/ Working Terriers/Whippets/ Ferrets and Racing at this show. Venue and details will be confirmed later. Sunday 9th July 17 Coolnakilla Harrier Club Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials. Coolnakilla Harrier Club Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials will take place Sunday the 9th July 17 at Rathcormac , Co Cork. Full details later. Sunday 16th July 17 West Meath Working Terrier Dog Show and Race Day. Full Details Later. Sunday 16th July 17 Cloyne Harriers Dog Show at Cloyne, Co Cork Sunday 16th July 17. Full Details later Sunday 23rd JULY 17 Galtee Foxhounds Dog Show at Kilbehenny ( Near Mitchelstown ) Co Cork. Full Details Later. Sunday 23rd July 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Saturday 29th July 17 North Sligo Agriculture Show Dog Show ( Gene Gallaghers Show ) will take place this year on Saturday 29th July 17 at Grange Co Sligo.Hope to see you all there. Sunday 30th July 17 Tullylish Working Terrier Club. Full details later Sunday 6th August 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Saturday 12th August 17 Tully Castle Dog Show, Tullycastle, Enniskillen , Co Fermanagh ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 20th August 17 Williams Donnells Working Dog Show. ( Full Details Later ) Birr Castle Game Fair 26th and 27th August 2017 Saturday 26th August 2017 Birr Castle Sunday 27th August 2017 Birr Castle ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 17th September 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Margaret Mc Stay
  16. Ferret Show and Racing at SHANES CASTLE GAME FAIR, NORTHERN IRELAND. The Ferret Show and Racing will be on Sunday the 25th of June at 11:00am in the Countrysports In Action Arena. Classes for Ferret Show depending on numbers as follows: 1 Albino Hob 2 Albino Jill 3 Polecat Hob 4 Polecat Jill 5 EU Hob 6 EU Jill 7 Any other colour Hob 8 Any other colour Jill If there is enough interest there will be a class for kits. Winners from each class to compete for Overall Best In Show. Trophies for each class winner with rosettes up to 3rd place and the Best In Show to receive a beautiful handcrafted bronze trophy. Racing will follow immediately after the show with Champion and Reserve Champion Rosettes and a beautiful handcrafted bronze trophy for the winner. There will be no entry fee so bring along as many ferrets as you wish and let's see your ferrets on display!!
  17. U105/GAME FAIR COMPETITION RUNNING THIS WEEK on the Frank Mitchell Show each morning. TO WIN TICKETS to the SHANES CASTLE FAIR 24/25 JUNE AND HIS & HERS BARBOUR JACKETS & £700 worth of SHOPPING VOUCHERS FOR SUPERVALU THE Great Game Fairs of Ireland deliver great value events, with great competitions and GREAT PRIZES!
  18. North Armagh Working Terrier Dog Show and Race Day ( Breandan Colemans Show ) Sunday 4th June 17 Situated on the banks of Lough Neagh, beside Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, beautiful Kinnego Embankment was the venue for the North Armagh Dog Show and Raceday Sunday 4th June 17. As we drove along the country roads, between the green hedges, it was not long to a field full of cars, vans and trailers came into view. With the echo of barking dogs wafting over the rippling waters of Lough Neagh, Mrs Sat Nav verified in her dolcet tones, we had reached our destination. As the North Armagh Working Terrier Dog show and Race day is widely acclaimed being one of the top shows of the year, again this year it certainly lived up to its name. This show always brings a magical atmosphere with it. From 10.00am on Sunday morning the crowds rolled up in force, with dogs and family in tow. This new show ground was superb with a good long Racing Track, views to die for, and loads of room in the show rings. Ringside parking was laid on, with Toilet facilities, and a burger van on site to keep hunger at bay. A bouncy castle had been erected on site, along with an Ice cream van for the wee people. There was an Outdoor clothing stand, and Trevor and Denise Cahill had their dog lead stand in full swing. Nothing left to chance at this show, something for everybody. The weather was not kind with torrential rain pouring down at times. But the rain did not dampen the spirits of the showing and racers on the day. This show is always a great family day out with lots of fun and frolics, and we were not disappointed this year either. It was nice to see the usual show goers back at the show this year, and quite a few new faces as well in the ring, showing off their Whippets, Terriers, Lurchers and Strong Dogs , and maybe take home a nice trophy or a bag of meal at the end of the day. Again these good canine people travelled from North and South of the border, and as faraway as England and Wales. At 12noon the show kicked off with the ever popular digging competition. As these brave men began to dig, the wolf whistle from the women folk took over, and the fun began. The sight of all that bare flesh, certainly was a real treat for an old lady. As the count down began, very soon the winners was declared, and definitely all very well earned. Overall Winners were: Breandan Coleman Darren Patts Congratulations to Breandan and Darren and well done. The other 3 sets of diggers taking Part were: Pat Mc Colgan Gerald Melaugh Gregg Murphy Seamus Cairns Harry Roche Ken Wilson Congratulations, you are all winners in my eyes. Next it was on to Darren Moore and Graham Fyffes Ferrett showing and Racing. Although I am afraid of these small animals, they generate so much excitement for young and old around the ring. I really love this part of the show. Overall Ferrett Show Champion went to: 1/ Kathy Maxwell with Polo 2/ Abi Fyffe with Snowy 3/ Ryan Hill with Jack Overall Ferrett Racing Champion went to: 1/ Malachy Mc Fall with Uzian Albert 2/ Chontelle Mc Meekin with Susanne A big congratulations to all the worthy winners, and many thanks to Graham Fyffe and Darren Moore for organizing and running a very efficient Ferrett show, and well done. Next in line was the childrens handling class. These little people are very important people to country sports show rings and race courses. Long after we have gone out of the ring and the field, these little people will be carrying on our Country Sports traditions in another tomorrow, and another generation. Well done to all involved. Here are the showing Results Overall Champion Lurcher went to: Danny Blake with Blackey Reserve Jed Donagh with Hammer 3rd Ken Wilson with Lilley Overall Champion Terrier went to: Cain Mc Donald with Toker Reserve C Quinn with BOB Overall Champion Whippet went to : Graham Fyffe with Bolt Reserve Colin Maguire with Pepsi Overall Champion Strong Dog went to: Amy Mc Randell with Bud Reserve Danny Hamilton with Gallagher Overall Champion and Best in Show went to: Cain Mc Donald with Toker Reserve Graham Fyffe with Bolt 3rd Danny Blake with Blackey. Overall Champion PUP went to : Mark Neely with Fred Reserve Rea Wilson with Lexi 3rd Pete Mc Farland with Rubble Racing Results Master McGrath U23 1st Joe Leonard - Not Scared 2nd Joe Leonard - Ronaldo Master McGrath O23 1st David Nolan - Missy 2nd Joe Leonard - Zero Scared Mick to Miller U23 1st Nicky Smith - Bella 2nd Seamie Harte - Jessie Mick to Miller O23 1st Nicky Smith - Buster 2nd Jed Donagh - Beauty Pup Lurchers 1st Charlene Rafferty - Jet 2nd Rose McCoy - Spice Bull Cross Pup 1st Johnny - Cadin 2nd Christy - Bella Whippet Pup 1st Gladys Savage - Murphy 2nd Chris Grafton - Copper U21 Lurchers 1st Joe Leonard - Runaway Scared 2nd Joe Leonard - Never Scared U23 Lurchers 1st Mal McFall - Bandit 2nd Warren Pinky - Chase Over Lurchers 1st Mal McFall - Xena 2nd Jed Donagh - Beauty Terriers 1st Jed Donagh - Faye 2nd Jed Donagh - Boe Heavy Bull 1st Charlene Rafferty - Red 2nd Colin Owens - Dino Light Bull 1st Jed Donagh - Beauty 2nd John Ryan - Roy Hairy Lurchers 1st John Ryan - India 2nd Barry Owens - Bart Whippet 1st Gladys Savage - Billy Bob 2nd Charlene Rafferty – Zio A Big Congratulations to all the showing and Racing winners. And finally, a very big thank you to the judges who done a wonderful but difficult job in some very wet conditions. Whippets, Kirsty Harpur/Lurchers, Seamus Cairns/Terriers, Darren Patts/Strong Dogs Stevie Barriskel. The Racing responsibilities on the day was carried out by Jed Donagh/Shane Ennis and Jennifer Gately. What a brilliant team and excellent team work. Well done Jed. And Finally, Finally, this top of the range show would not been possible without a good man at the helm, helped by an ever willing partner. Breandan Coleman and Emma Hedley and your excellent back up team, you pulled out all the stops and turned the day into a memorable family dog show, and a good Country Sporting day out. It was evident a lot of hard work and sleepless nights went on behind the scenes to make this Dog show so successful. Thank you for a most enjoyable day out. It must be noted that Breandan is giving the proceeds of the Raffle at his show this year to the Charity“Care in Crisis“. Margaret Mc Stay Many thanks Mal
  19. My Dog Show/Race Day/Game Fair List for 2017 Sunday 18th June 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Shanes Castle Game Fair 2017 Shanes Castle Saturday 24th June 2017 Shanes Castle Sunday 25th June 2017 ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 25th June 17 North Tipperary Fox Hounds Dog Show, will Take place Sunday 25th June 17. Full Details Later. Sunday 2nd July 17 The Wicklow Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Club are holding their 5th annual Dog Show at Rathnew Co Wicklow on Sunday 2nd July 17. ( David Dickensons Show ) Sunday 2nd July 17 Kilworth and Araglen Harriers Annual Dog Show Sunday 2nd July 17. Starting time 12.30 , at Araglin Community Field. Kilworth is in Co Cork , between Fermoy and Mitchestown just 20mins from the motorway. Beautiful part of the country. Full Details of this show later. Sunday 9TH July 17 Jed Donaghs Dog Show and Race Day There will be Lurchers/ Working Terriers/Whippets/ Ferrets and Racing at this show. Venue and details will be confirmed later. Sunday 9th July 17 Coolnakilla Harrier Club Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials. Coolnakilla Harrier Club Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials will take place Sunday the 9th July 17 at Rathcormac , Co Cork. Full details later. Sunday 16th July 17 West Meath Working Terrier Dog Show and Race Day. Full Details Later. Sunday 16th July 17 Cloyne Harriers Dog Show at Cloyne, Co Cork Sunday 16th July 17. Full Details later Sunday 23rd JULY 17 Galtee Foxhounds Dog Show at Kilbehenny ( Near Mitchelstown ) Co Cork. Full Details Later. Sunday 23rd July 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Saturday 29th July 17 North Sligo Agriculture Show Dog Show ( Gene Gallaghers Show ) will take place this year on Saturday 29th July 17 at Grange Co Sligo.Hope to see you all there. Sunday 30th July 17 Tullylish Working Terrier Club. Full details later Sunday 6th August 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Saturday 12th August 17 Tully Castle Dog Show, Tullycastle, Enniskillen , Co Fermanagh ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 20th August 17 Williams Donnells Working Dog Show. ( Full Details Later ) Birr Castle Game Fair 26th and 27th August 2017 Saturday 26th August 2017 Birr Castle Sunday 27th August 2017 Birr Castle ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 17th September 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Margaret Mc Stay
  20. PLEASE NOTE : CANCELLED *** HAVE JUST BEEN INFORMED SHANNAGH WORKING TERRIER CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED *** SUNDAY 11th JUNE 17
  21. CLASSES FOR NORTH ARMAGH WORKING TERRIER DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY ( BREANDAN COLEMANS SHOW ) THIS SUNDAY 4TH JUNE 17 LURCHERS 1/ LURCHER PUP 2/ BULL CROSS PUP 3/ SMOOTH UNDER 23 4/ ROUGH UNDER 23 5/ SMOOTH OVER 23 6/ ROUGH OVER 23 7/ BULL CROSS 8/ COURSING LURCHER 9/ FOX LURCHER 10/ COLLIE LURCHER 11/ LAMPING LURCHER 12/ WHIPPET CROSS LURCHER 13/ PAIRS 14/ VETERNS CHAMPION LURCHER -------------------------------------------------------- WHIPPETS 1/ PUPS 2/ WHIPPET DOG 3/ WHIPPET BITCH 4/ RACING WHIPPET 5/ WORKING WHIPPET 6/ PAIRS 7/ VETERN CHAMPION WHIPPET -------------------------------------------------------- TERRIERS 1/ PUPS 2/ JACK RUSSELL 3/ LAKELAND 4/ PATTERDALE 5/ CROSSBREED 6/ BORDER 7/ WORKING TERRIER 8/ PAIRS CHAMPION TERRIER -------------------------------------------------------- STRONG DOGS 1/ PUPS 2/ SMALL STAFF 3/ LARGE STAFF 4/ ENGLISH BULL 5/ WHEATEN TERRIER 6/ PIT BULL 7/ WORKING HEAVY DOG CHAMPION STRONG DOG -------------------------------------------------------- OVERALL AND BEST IN SHOW CHAMPION -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RACING 1/ MASTER MC GRATH UNDER 23 2/ MASTER MC GRATH OVER 23 3/ MICK THE MILLER UNDER 23 4/ MICK THE MILLER OVER 23 5/ LURCHER PUP 6/ BULL CROSS PUP 7/ WHIPPET PUP 8/ UNDER 21 9/ UNDER 23 10/ OVER 23 11/ TERRIER 12/ HEAVY BULL 13/ LIGHT BULL 14/ HAIRY DOG 15/ WHIPPETS ----------------------------------------------------------------------
  22. North Armagh Working Terrier Clubs Dog Show/ Race Day /Ferrett Racing and Showing YEA HAA, HIGH HOO, HIGH HOO ITS OF TO BREANDAN COLEMANS SHOW WE GO. BIG DOG SHOW/RACEDAY/ FERRETT SHOWING AND RACING IN THE ORCHARD COUNTY OF OUR BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE THIS SUNDAY 4TH JUNE 17 YES North Armagh Working Terrier Clubs Dog Show/ Race Day /Ferrett Racing and Showing for Terriers/Lurchers/Whippets and Strong Dogs, this Sunday the 4th June. There will be beautiful Slates, Meal, and Rossetts for every class. Mirrors for Champions plus a cash prize. PLEASE NOTE THE POST CODE KINNEGO EMBANKMENT. BT66 6FD. This venue will be well sign posted from every direction. Digging and Ferretts at 10.30 Showing Starts at 12noon Sharp followed by Racing. *** Helpful Foot Note : Whatever direction you are coming from of the motorway – Come off at the Lurgan slip road sign, and up unto the roundabout. Go right around the roundabout to you see the sign saying Oxford Island. Go down the Oxford Island road, don’t turn off anywhere, keep going straight down nearly to the bottom of that road which is called Kinnego Embankment, and you will find us there. We will be out on the road waiting for you. You will not miss us. Margaret Mc Stay
  23. Ferreting Showing and Racing will be run at Breandan Colemans Show this Sunday 4th June, North Armagh Working Terrier Club @ Derrytrasna BT66 6QN. See picture for show details. Classes for Ferret Show depending on numbers as follows: 1 Albino Hob 2 Albino Jill 3 Polecat Hob 4 Polecat Jill 5 EU Hob 6 EU Jill 7 Any other colour Hob 8 Any other colour Jill Winners from each class to compete for Overall Best In Show. Trophies for each class winner with rosettes up to 3rd place and the Best In Show to receive a beautiful handcrafted slate trophy by Graham Fyffe. Racing will follow immediately after the show with Champion and Reserve Champion Rosettes and a beautiful handcrafted slate trophy for the winner. Albert Titterington has kindly donated two free tickets for Shanes Castle. Anyone who enters a ferret on the day will be entered into a free draw and the winner will receive the tickets. Hope to see you there.
  24. Gilford Lurcher, Terrier, Whippet Show and Raceday, at the NI Country Sports Fair Scarvagh House, Scarva, Saturday 27th May and Sunday 28th May 17. As the sun broke through the clouds early Saturday morning, dogs fed and watered, we headed off to the NI Country Sports Fair at Scarvagh House, Scarva. While driving into this 340 Acre estate, we were shadowed all the way by mature parkland, woodland, and stunning scenery. There was a grandeur of trees and trappings of wildlife that goes with a magnificent sprawling country estate. This stunning venue was the home for the 3rd year running of the NI Country Sports Fair. The Fair celebrates country sports and country pursuits, from gun dog tests, Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet showing and racing, Ferretts, Archery, Clay pigeon shooting and many more activities too numerous to mention. We arrived at Scarva at 10.00am on Saturday, and of course as soon as we got parked at the ringside, dogs in tow, we headed up into the Fair to soak up and take in all the fun of the Fair The sound of childrens laughter, the barking of dogs, the smell of hot burgers, the country music and with dancing ladies and gentlemen, I must say the atmosphere was electric. Foremost on our minds was breakfast. We stopped off at the Yellow Door stand and had some lovely food, which set us up for the day. Onwards and upwards, and it was time to get started with some good retail therapy. By midday on both days the fair was full to capacity. There were some showers of rain on Saturday, but that did not dampen the spirits of the little people who really enjoyed all the various amusements on site. Some very sleepy heads on Saturday and Sunday night. Had a yarn with Charlie Keenan, and Steven Smyth on the Barbour Stand. What a lovely man, and a great conversationalist. Field and Stream, Andrea Cowans stand was crowded, and Trevor and Denise Cahill were busy and very welcoming as usual, and selling some lovely leads for our Canine friends. Davy (Matthew) Downey was there with his Ferrett racing and showing, and certainly brought a lot fun and laughter to young and old. Davy had a variety of classes both for showing and racing these little creatures and created a lot of excitement around the ring. I met up with some lovely country sports people and their families on both days. Ritchie and Patricia Verden travelled all the way from Sligo, as did the Smith families from Carlow. Mark Maloney and his mates travelled from County Clare right there in the deep south of our beautiful country. Its these good Canine people that make the fair so successful and family orientated. Here are some Showing and Racing Results. Saturday 27th May 17 - Showing ***Overall Whippet Champion Janet Duke with Oscar Reserve Leeroy Mc Cullagh with Tizer ***Overall Champion Lurcher Fred Hallissey with Lennox Reserve Eamon Mc Cann with Trigger ***Overall Champion Terrier Declan Owens with Moscow Reserve Josh Gavin with Commando ***Overall Champion Pup Jed Donagh with Lilley ****Overall Champion and Best in Show went to :** Janet Duke with Oscar A Big congratulations to Janet and all the rest of the worthy winners, and everyone who took part on both days Some Racing Results Over 23 Gary Smith with Fergie Coursing Des Smith with Sonic Jed Donagh Overall Racing winner on Saturday Terrier racing winner And the highlight of the day was Susan Ernie Mc Canns winning racing Whippet Seabass, winning the big prize of £150. This special prize was presented to Susan by the Director of the NI Country Fair Mr Derek Lutton. Susan was one happy bunny on the day. A Big Congratulations to Susan and Seabass. Ferretts Congratulations to Rose Mc Coy winner of the Overall Ferrett Krypton Factor obstacle course with the fastest time. Roses Ferrett Sansa also took 2 firsts in the ferret showing. There were other winners with Ferretts on the day, but I don’t have their names. Congratulations to all. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the Judges on the day, Fiona Devlin Whippets/Jonny Wilson Lurchers/Trevor Coulter Terriers for a job well done. Judging is not an easy task, but you all carried out your duties with precision and perfection. As usual, a lot of hard work and planning went into organising this brilliant Fair, dog show, and Race day at Scarva House. This would not of been possible if it were not for three very important people in the Canine world. Ian Davison, Justin Hill, Ben Davison, and their brilliant band of helpers, and all the people in the background who worked so hard to make this Fair, Dog show and Race days so successful, we are truly thankful. Ian, Justin and Ben, the Dog Show and Race Days was a credit to you all. Excellent team work . And Finally, Finally, last but not least, Gillian and Derek Lutton, Directors of the NI Country Sports Fair, you produced another brilliant and successful Country Sports Fair in a top of the range venue, a real credit to you and your team. All the hard work and sleepless nights paid off, and many thanks for two memorable days at your fair, and long may it continue. You achieved what you set out to do 100%, and I am already looking forward to more of the same in 2018. Margaret Mc Stay
  25. ONLY 2 MORE SLEEPS National Country Sports Fair at Scarva This weekends ( 27th & 28th May ) Lurcher, Terrier and Whippets Events at the above National Country Sports Fair at Scarvagh House, 31 Old Mill Rd, Scarva , Craigavon BT63 6NL. are as follows. Saturday - Show Day .Straight Racing - Taking Entry's from 10.30 racing to commence at 11.30. .Full Show Day - Lurcher, Terrier & Whippet Class's ( to commence at 1.30 after straight racing ) .Top prizes on the day Showing Classes : Lurcher Classes Pups UNDER 23" SMOOTH UNDER 23" ROUGH OVER 23" SMOOTH OVER 23" ROUGH TERRIER CROSS COLLIE CROSS BULL CROSS LAMPING LURCHER HARE LURCHER FOX LURCHER LURCHER PAIRS Terrier Classes PUPS PATTERDALES LAKELAND/FELL BORDERS JACK RUSSELLS CROSSBRED TERRIERS UNDER 12 WORKING TERRIERS TERRIER PAIRS PLUMBER TERRIERS Whippet Classes WHIPPET PUP WHIPPET DOG WHIPPET BITCH WORKING WHIPPET WHIPPET PAIR’S ***There will be a Puppy Final on at the end of showing along with the Supreme Champion Final. .Sunday - Racing Day .Full day of racing with Straight & Simulated racing, with prize money of £150 for the over all winner ( entry's from 10.30 ) .Top prizes on the day. ** Also Ferretts : Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am. Margaret Mc Stay
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