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Co Down Hunt  Dog Show and Raceday, Saturday 18th June 22.

What a beautiful day we had on Saturday 18thJune at the County Down Hunt Dog Show and Race day. The sun shone all day with a cool mountain of mournes breeze blowing in the background. The crack was good, and the showing and racing was top class.  What more could a Country Sports  enthusiast want. 

There was a big turnout of Terriers, Lurchers, Whippets, Strong Dogs and Weight pulling. The venue was superb, rings well spaced out, a burger stand on site, and a raffle with some good prizes.

As the morning progressed to noon, very soon the 4 show rings were filled with Top dogs, and to be honest a judges nightmare.

 As Mrs and Mr Raynard are in the maternity ward at this time of year, it was great to see our field dogs enjoying their summer break showing themselves off in the ring. That is what our summer shows are all about, full of pride, fun and excitement.

Time passes so quickly, and very soon it was show time. 

Showing started at approximately 1.00 pm, followed by Racing.

Here are the Overall Showing Results :

Champion Terrier

Gerald Mc Keown with Mick

Reserve

Joe O Hare with Charlie

Champion Lurcher

Cayce Coyle with Tyson

Reserve 

Errol Gardiner with Silus

Champion Whippet

Colin Tucker with Cooper

Reserve 

Sean Burke with Paddy

Champion Strong Dog

 Frankie Corrigan with Star

Reserve

Carla Wilson with Clive

Champion Hound

Meath Hunt Champion Dog

South Tyrone Champion Bitch

Overall Champion Hound

Meath Hound

Overall Champion and Best in Show :

Gerald Mc Keown with Mick

North Down K9 Facilities Weight Pulling Champion

Barry O Brien Nolan with Bane

Racing Results ( Courtesy of Biddy Mc Grath)

 Big Dogs

1st...John with Whippy 

2nd...Mo Mc Dowell with Thunder

3rd...Arron with Blue

Hairy Dogs 

1st...Errol Gardiner with Chase 

2nd...Mo Mc Dowell with Boots 

3rd...Conghal Burke with Paddy 

Under 23s 

1st...Rose Mc Coy with Texas 

2nd...Lisa Beggs with Nina 

Under 21s 

1st...Rose Mc Coy with Lexi 

2nd...Kirsty Harpur with Rose 

3rd...Linzi Gardiner Magill with Bonnie

 Bull Cross

1st...Mo Mc Dowell with Bear 

2nd...Kirsty Harpur with Styler 

Under22s 

1st...Kirsty Harpur with Dash 

2nd...Rhys with Violet 

Under 24s 

1st...Colin Tucker with Fletcher 

Whippets 

1st...Sean Burke with Jack

2nd...Lisa Beggs with Prydz 

3rd...Sean Burke with Lily 

Finally, many thanks to the judges on the day for a job well done. Whippets/JP OHagan, Terriers/Mark Chapman, Strong Dogs/Andy Spence, Lurchers/Steve Henson, Northamptonshire,/ Hounds/ David Robinson, Scotland ex MFH of Cumberland Farmers Hunt.

I cannot forget what a brilliant job the Mc Grath Race team carried out on the day. Everything went like clockwork and without a hitch. Excellent and well done to team Mc Grath.

Finally,Finally, this top show would not of been possible without this brilliant show organiser. Yes, I would like to thank the coordinator  of this spectacular event Lee Peters and his band of helpers for another top show and race day. It was obvious a lot of thought, organisation, hard work and sleepless nights went into making this event so successful on the day. Thanks Lee for a most enjoyable day, a brilliant venue, and I look forward to more of the same in 2023.

Margaret Mc Stay

 

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