Friday 24 May 2019

Competitors brave the rain for horse show

Kilmacanogue Horse Show

Rebecca Lawlor on Spots in the fancy dress competition
Rebecca Lawlor on Spots in the fancy dress competition
Mia Regan Byrne on Jubilee 6th, Chloe Breen, Shauna Coleman, Frisbee and Lily Egan on Pippa at the Kilmacanogue Horse Show at Monastery Cross. Photos: Barbara Flynn
Rachel McMonagle and Evan McMonagle with Flower and Fred the Bassett Hound
Jessica Milmo Penny and Freckles, winners for style and appearance, with judge Beverly Morgan
Winner of the Championship coloured horse, McArdels Twotone, ridden by Sarah Ridgeway, with judges Sabrina Harty and Mary-Jo Ryan
Neil Bleakley, Lisa Reilly, Stefan Dylan, Chris Errity and Rachel Dunne from Enniskerry’s Equus Polocrosse Club
Assumpta Maguire, Ann Maguire, Niamh McCabe, Rhys Maguire, Daniel Maguire inviting people to guess the lamb's weight

After a long, hot, dry summer, the wild and stormy rain as the 45th Kilmacanogue Horse Show dawned was hard to contend with. But 'Kilmac show people' are tough, all-weather souls and soon the car parks were full of animal trailers and the boisterous sounds of competitors getting ready for their classes.

The worst of the weather was over before the show began when a watery sun appeared and stayed all day. 

The usual wonderful mix of people and animals were all there last Saturday. Humans of all ages and ability, teamed up with horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep, dogs and geese to perform at their best.

Half the human competitors were children - from three-to-five-year-olds in the 'Obedient Pony' class, to teenagers showing off their 'Style and Appearance'. Judges were kept busy picking winners from strong competition in each class.

Besides the horses, there were competitions to find the best among the renowned Wicklow sheep. The friendliest dog show in Ireland took place where every kind of dog was welcomed.

Displays included international Polo Cross players demonstrating how ball-to-lacrosse co-ordination is shared by riders and their ex-racehorses.

A parade of carriages from times-gone-by made up the finale. Everyone was happy after a day that went very well and where all money raised will go to support local charities.

Bray People