Have fun at Ballymacad hunting extravaganza
THE Ballymacad Hunt is to host a major hunting festival at Sallymount House on the shores of White Lake, Fore, Co Westmeath, on Sunday.
The highlight of the day will be the Best Hunting Horse competition, which will be divided into three sections (lightweight, heavyweight and small hunter), with a prize fund of €1,000 a section.
The horses will be judged on conformation, ability and suitability to the job at hand. They will be required to jump a course of hunt-type fences including a blind bank, electric tape and gate.
Judges will include international showjumper Alexander Butler, well-known horse producer and breeder Norman Allen, Rory Gilsenan, an accomplished producer of top-class Working Hunters in the UK, and Ballymacad huntsman Kevin Donohue, who is the fourth generation Donohue to hunt with the Ballymacad Hounds.
Designed as a showcase for the Irish Hunter, the class is set to attract some buyers from home and aboard, and the judges will ride the top-placed horses in each section.
The Ballymacad Hounds will parade in conjunction with the championship of the Best Hunting Horse, as will hounds from the Louth, the Meath and Westmeath Foxhounds.
Other competitions planned for the festival include: