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TALLY HO DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY  SATURDAY 27th AUGUST /SUNDAY 28th AUGUST 22  AT NUTTS CORNER ,BELFAST.

The County Antrim countryside was buzzing with the sound of barking dogs and the laughter of little children, as the Tally Ho Dog Show and Race Day  got under way last weekend 27th and 28th August at Nutts Corner, Belfast.  This Charity Dog show was organised by Peter Morgan in aid of the Air Ambulance and what a showing and racing weekend bonanza that was. With the beauty of the countryside, good company, and the sun shinning all day, what more could we ask for when approaching the end of the season. 

From early morning trailer loads of dogs of all breeds, with families from North and South of the border and further afield were arriving on site. To be honest Saturdays show was the largest Dog show and Race day I have seen in the doggie world for many years. There were 80 dogs in the racing and treble that amount in the five show rings. All five rings were full, with top quality dogs in each class and a judges nightmare, but all showing and racing went like clockwork.  

It was nice to see so many different breeds on the day.  The Glen of Imaal Terrier, which I have a great admiration for, was one of the many breeds on the scene on Saturday. Originated in County Wicklow in the 1600s, these terriers are independent, fun loving dogs with a big personality. Nice to see these terriers coming back to the shows and winning their place in the field and in the show ring again.

All rings were well spaced out with a burger van, toilet facilities and country sports stalls on site. I spoke to Anthony Butler from County Mayo on his quality leather stall. What a busy man, and kept going all day selling his well known quality leads, belts and anything in leather goods you could ask for. What a lovely man.

Minnie Mouse and Mr Dinosaur came to see the childrens Fancy Dress and Handling classes . Peter Morgan, show organiser had big bags  of sweets/Crisps/medals and trophies for every child in the ring .Unbelievable the generosity of this man to these little people. It tuggs at my heart strings being a mother and grandmother myself, to see the children winning and participating at these shows. Somehow one gets a sense of pride and accomplishment, just to see the smile on their little faces as they run to their parents with armfuls of goodies.  You are all winners in my eyes and our sports men and women of tomorrow.  Some sleepy heads last night.  

After having such an enjoyable but hectic day at the show on Saturday, I just could not wait to get back up on Sunday for a more relaxing day at the Whippets only Dog show and Race day. With our Whippets in toe, we set off again on our journey and a labour of love. The sun was still shinning with not a cloud in the sky.  There was a much smaller crowd there on Sunday but still very enjoyable.  

The raffle generated a flurry of excitement, with some happy punters going home with some lovely prizes. Very soon it was time to start the show.

Here are the Results from Saturday and Sundays Dog Show and Race days from the pens of  : Johanna Ralph Lee and Chontelle Mc Meekan. 

Saturday 27th August 22

***STRAIGHT  RACING***

WHIPPET DOG   

SEAN BURKE WITH JACK

WHIPPET BITCH 

SEAN BURKE WITH LILLEY

UNDER 21

1/  ROSE MC COY WITH TEXAS 

2/  LYNZI GARDINER MAGILL  WITH  BEAUTY

UNDER 24

1/  COLIN TUCKER WITH FLETCHER

2/  TASHA TRUESDALE WITH PRADA

O24

1/  JAN DEDERSEN WITH WHIPPIE

2/  SEAMUS HART WITH MOSES

Hairy Under

1/   SHANE BRETT WITH ROSE 

2/  KEELAN REID WITH FLOGGIE

HAIRY OVER

1/  SEAMUS HART WITH NED

2/  ERROL GARDINER WITH CHASE

BULL CROSS

1/  ALAN FLYNN WITH BUDDY

2/  BARRY HOLLAND WITH  SALLY

***HURDLES***

023

1/  ERROL GARDINER WITH CHASE

1/  DESSIE GRAHAM WITH  SCAR

U23

1/  BILLY KERRY WITH AXEL

2/  DAVID SLOAN WITH BLUE

BULL

1/  STEPHEN MC COOKE  WITH RED

2/  CONOR DOHERTY WITH SHAQ

***SIMULATED***

U23

1/  JED DONAGH WITH MAISIE

2/  TASHA TREUSDALE WITH PRADA

STRAIGHT/PUPPY

1/  KIRSTY HARPUR WITH CHUCKY

2/  BILLY KERRY WITH AXLE

***SHOWING***

OVERALL CHAMPION WHIPPET

SEAN BURKE WITH PADDY

RESERVE

SUSAN MC CANN WITH PENNY

OVERALL CHAMPION LURCHER

MAURICE THOMAS MC DOWELL WITH THUNDER

RESERVE

DAVID SLOAN WITH BLUE

OVERALL CHAMPION TERRIER

LEANNE HAWTHORNE WITH RAVEN

RESERVE

SAM KIRWAN WITH THUG

OVERALL CHAMPION WORKING STRONG DOG

NICHOLAS SMITH WITH DUKE

OVERALL CHAMPION STRONG DOG

GARETH WITH ROCKO

RESERVE

ANDY SPENCE WITH HILLBILLIES REBEL

3/ KEN WILSON

OVERALL CHAMPION PUPPY

HARRY JOHN DIGGING WITH GALAXY

***OVERALL CHAMPION AND BEST IN SHOW***

NICHOLAS SMITH WITH DUKE.

A  BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ABOVE WINNERS

***PETER MORGANS CHOICE DOGS ( PETERS CHOICE)***

RYAN QUINN WITH BRU

MAURICE THOMAS MC DOWELL WITH STORM

MARTIN FOSTER WITH RED

LYNNE MC PHERSONS TERRIER

FRED GENTLE WITH CLIVE

TASHA TRUESDALES DOG

KIRSTY SMYTHS DOG

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SUNDAYS  RESULTS

RACING FINALS

GRADE A WINNERS

1/  SEAN BURKE WITH PADDY

2/  SEAN BURKE WITH JACK

3/  SEAN BURKE WITH LILLEY

GRADE B WINNERS

1/  MATTHEW DEVLIN WITH KENNY

2/  SUZANNE ADDIS WITH POPPY

3/  ELAINE SMYTH WITH BELLA

GRADE C WINNERS

1/  JOHN MC STAY WITH JACK

2/  SUSAN MC CANN WITH PENNY

3/  JAMES  MULLEN WITH MAX

NON PED PUPS

1/  SEAN BURKE WITH CASEY

2/  ROSE MC COY WITH ARLO

YEARLINGS

1/  SUZANNE ADDIS WITH JAX

2/  JOHN MC STAY WITH BUSTER 

SHOWING

PUPS

1/  SUZANNE ADDIS WITH JAX

2/  JOHN MC STAY WITH BUSTER

3/  KARLA WILSON WITH  REIN 

DOGS

1/  MATTHEW DEVLIN WITH KENNY

2/  JAMES MULLEN WITH MAX

3/  SEAN BURKE WITH PADDY

GIRLS

1/  ELAINE SMYTH WITH BELLA

2/  SUZANNE ADDIS WITH WILLOW

3/  SUSAN MC CANN WITH PENNY

WORKING

1/  BARRY CHAMBERS WITH ALFIE

2/  SEAN BURKE WITH LILLEY

RACING

1/  SEAN BURKE WITH PADDY

2/  SEAN BURKE WITH JACK

3/  SUZANNE ADDIS WITH POPPY

PAIRS

1/  SEAN BURKE WITH JACK AND PADDY

2/  JAMES MULLEN WITH MAX AND BOW

3/  KARLA WILSON WITH FINCH AND WREN

VETERN

1/  REA WILSON WITH ODIS

2/  BARRY CHAMBERS WITH RUBY

3/  KARLA WILSON WITH TOPPER

***OVERALL CHAMPION AND BEST IN SHOW***

MATTHEW DEVLIN WITH KENNY

RESERVE CHAMPION

ELAINE SMYTH WITH BELLA

***PETER MORGANS CHOICE (TALLY HO ORGANISER}***

SUZANNE ADDIS WITH JAX

Congratulations to all above winners.

And Finally may I take this opportunity to thank the judges on both days  on behalf of the Tally Ho Club for a job well done

 Saturday

Barney Mc Reynolds  -  Whippets

Lurchers  -  Stephanie O Connor

Terriers   -   JP O Hagan

Working Strong Dogs  - Eamo Mc Erlaine

Strong Dogs – Jordan Tomlinson

Childrens Handling  Class and Fancy Dress – Margaret Mc Stay

Sunday

Whippets

Chontelle  Mc Meekan

Sundays Whippet Racing was run by Chontelle Mc Meekan and Mark Mc Callion and their team. Again the racing went to plan and not a problem. It was great to see the grading back again and gave everyone a chance.  Many Thanks Chontelle and Mark for a job well done.

To the people who helped Peter on Thursday to put the Race track and rings up, It was much appreciated.

There were two well deserved presentations along with others Peter made at his show to two young ladies for their attendance and contribution to our shows during the year. Cayce Coyle and Katelyn Mc Kenzie were the recipients of some  beautiful gifts and they appreciated the fact that Peter and the Tally Ho Club thought so highly of them.  Well done young ladies.

In charge of the racing on Saturday was the Lee Family. Joanna Ralph Lee /Matthew Lee and dad Matt Lee.  Joanna you are definitely a chip of the old block. To steer and organise 80 dogs down the race track with first class precision was some accomplishment for a young woman of your years. I have to admire you Joanna, you done a first class job helped out by your brother Matthew and father Matt. The racing went without a hitch  and real credit to you and your Lee family.

As we all know this show was for charity, and the designated charity chosen by Peter Morgan and the Tally Ho Club was the Air Ambulance in Northern Ireland. The air ambulance has saved so many lives young and old when each minute counts transporting a seriously ill patient or a loved one to hospitalThe flexibility of the helicopter air ambulance is invaluable, enabling patients to reach hospital as fast as possible and sometimes in a life or death situation. The air ambulance has saved so many lives and are often used for short flights since they have the unique ability to land directly at a hospital. It takes money to keep this unique service in the air and our charitable donations from our Country Sports is another step forward in keeping them on the tarmac.

And Finally, Finally, None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication behind the scenes of Peter Morgan and the Tally Ho Club. Peter is a dedicated doggie man with a heart of gold. Not only does he work in the field in the winter time, but also works hard in the summer organising Charity shows to raise money for special causes, this year being the Air Ambulance.  Peter you worked tirelessly, almost to the point of exhaustion to make last weekend enjoyable for all our good Country Sports folk and for your Charity. 

For once I am finding it hard to find words in my vocabulary to praise you and your 2 young helpers for the work you have done for this special cause and all the good Canine folk.  Your show was an overwhelming success in these trying times, with crowds that have not been seen at a dog show in a long time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a great sporting weekend and maybe we can coux you into running another one in the future.

Thanks for the memories Peter and God Bless to we meet again

Margaret Mc Stay 

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