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Man - O – War Dog Show and Race Day held Saturday 25th July 2020.


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Man - O – War Dog Show and Race Day held Saturday 25th July 2020.

The town land of Man - O - War is set in the shadow of Clay Lake, surrounded by picturesque countryside and sits on the outskirts of Keady, Co Armagh. This was the venue for the annual Man- 0 - War Dog Show and Race Day Saturday 25th July, and what an enjoyable day that was. 

Saturdays show was to be a very special day for every show goer this year, as finally the long months and lonely days of lockdown were gradually coming to an end and the showing and racing season easing its way in. 

From early morning, cars and trailers arrived from North and South of the border with dogs in tow. This was a good working dog show and a real treat for all huntsmen and women, before the work in the field creeps over the hill. A Burger van, along with Doggie lead and collar stands were on site. 

As the show progressed, so did the banter and the craic. The weather held out all day, with the exception of a few showers in late evening. It was a real treat to hear again the sound of barking dogs and childrens laughter echo around the field, bringing back a sense of yesteryear again.

The show commenced at approx 1.00pm with racing first.

Here are the Racing and Showing results.

Racing  Results

Whippets

Lisa Beggs with Prydz 

Lurchers

Under 23”

Conor Nolan with Max

Over 23” 

Liam Nolan with Bandit 

Elite under 23” 

Colin Mc Donald with Cooper 

Elite over 23” 

Michael with George 

Under 21” 

Yapper Hays with Rose 

Elite under 21”

Rose McCoy with Texas 

Rough Haired 

Paddy McGrath with Whack 

Heavy bull x 

Lisa Beggs with Cirez 

Puppy

Shane Duffy with Shadow

Greyhound Race

Brooke Rafferty with Jess

Showing Results

Champion Strong Dog

Perry Coonagh with Lockdown

Champion Whippet

Colin Tucker with Cooper

Champion Lurcher

Lisa Beggs with Nina

Champion Terrier

Johnny Ferguson 

Champion Bull X

PiP Farrell with Zeus

Champion Puppy

Gerald Mc Keown

Reserve

Jade Dunphy

Overall Champion and Best in Show

PiP Farrell with Zeus

Reserve

Perry Coonagh with Lockdown

A Big congratulations to all the worthy winners.

And Finally, Charlene would like to thank the Judges on the day, Conor Quinn/ Vincey Grimley/ Philip Mc Rory/ Eoin Barnes and Aidy Toal. Judging is not an easy job, but you all carried out your duties to perfection. Photographs were taken on the day and are on Facebook at the moment. Many thanks to Deirdre Mc Coy and Mairead Fearon for same.  

And Finally Finally, as always I save the best to last. It is fitting that this accolade goes to the host and organiser of the show Charlene Rafferty and her brilliant back up team. Charlene you pulled out all the stops to make this show so successful for everybody on the day, and in the lead up to the show you worked tirelessly with your team to make every part of your show go like clockwork.

Well done Charlene, your show was a credit to you and your team. Roll on 2021 for more of the same.

Margaret Mc Stay

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