Balmoral hosts first big showing event of the season
Balmoral Show has grown to be one of the most important events on the equestrian calendar and exhibitors from across Ireland will be preparing for three busy days at the popular Balmoral Park grounds from May 11-13.
Traditionally the equestrian programme marks an important start of the official showing season and this year is no exception.
With the Dublin Horse Show now running earlier than usual on July 20-24, exhibitors will be even more keen to give their horses an outing at Northern Ireland's premier show and a large entry is expected over the three days.
Many of the main showing classes take place on Wednesday, with the ridden hunter and youngstock championships both being decided on the opening day.
Last year's youngstock crown went to Dessie Gibson's three-year-old gelding Ducketts Grove who then went on to also win his class at the RDS last August.
Boyd Bedding is set to sponsor at Balmoral Show 2016, providing their Blue Frog wood shavings for all the stables.
In addition they will sponsor the coloured horse class and the Bluefrog Championship for six and seven-year-old show jumpers.
Speaking on the new sponsorship Stacey Moss of Boyd Bedding remarked: "Boyd Bedding is very excited to be sponsoring the prestigious Balmoral Show. We look forward to meeting clients both old and new.