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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Newmarket's fun day in the sun

Published 18/07/2013 | 05:26

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Donkey derby at the Newmarket and District Agricultural Show

THE sun shone brightly on the third Newmarket and District Agricultural Show last Sunday in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.

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THE sun shone brightly on the third Newmarket and District Agricultural Show last Sunday in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.

Hugh crowds turned out to see the variety of events the show had to offer, from horses and ponies to cattle and dogs. The new addition of cattle to this year's show was a hive of activity as the various breeds were led round the ring with the young handler class proving very popular.

The equine side of things was also very busy with over 50 horse and pony classes, with everything from brood mares to show ponies.

One of the highlights of the day was the donkey derby with donkeys coming from all over Munster in this eagerly contested race with Mikey O'Connor from Liscarroll crossing the line in first place on his mount Frogalot.

This race was following by the novelty race of the day where professional jockeys and trainers took to the track, with the likes of Mikey Cronin swapping his usual Rebel Fitz for a small blinkered donkey in his attempt to take on the professionals in the style of Mikey O'Connor, Ciaran Fennessy and Maxine O'Sullivan, all regular faces in the Irish racing scene.

Members of the local Macra na Feirme also showed their strength with the tug of war competition and their skill with their tractor driving skills.

Another new comer to the show was the carriage driving class, which added another dimension to the show.

Children were kept busy with the art competition and the €5 unlimited children's rides, which proved very popular with both parents and children alike.

It truly was a great day and the commitment of the hard working committee really paid off - plans are already underway for an even bigger and better show next year.

Corkman

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