30 Jul 2016
With show-jumping temporarily off the programme, other competition classes have been added in its place
Plenty of prizes and prestige will be on offer at this year’s Tullamore Show with competitions in over 60 equine classes, including horses, ponies and donkeys. Ireland’s largest one-day agricultural event will be held on the illustrious Butterfield Estate, just outside Tullamore, on Sunday, August 14.
Now in its 25th year, the hugely successful event has a total prize-fund of over €168,000 across its various competitions. Usually reserved for livestock, one of the Show’s coveted Gold Medals is also up for grabs to horse-owners for the first time - in the ‘Breeders Challenge for Mare and Foal’ class.
Amongst the 47 classes of horse included in the Show are: Irish Draught, Racing and Ridden Thoroughbreds, Non-Thoroughbreds, Ridden Hunters, Clydesdale, Connemara, and Miniature.
Ponies will feature prominently with 17 classes too; including an All-Ireland qualifier in the ‘Kerry Bog Pony’ class and a ‘Lead Rein Pony’ competition featuring an elaborate obstacle course, which is bound to be a favourite attraction with children and parents alike. There will also be prizes in the best donkey mares and geldings classes.
The Show’s Chairman, Rodney Cox, explains: “Due to a clash of dates with the Mill Street Horse Show, which has a crossover of our regular competitors in show-jumping, we’ve decided to forego our competition in that discipline this time around. Of course, we’ll look into reinstating it next year.
“Instead, we’ve focused on expanding and improving the other equine competitions. Alongside the prize money, the value a Tullamore Show Gold Medal can add to an animal and its offspring will certainly draw a very high standard of horse to the Show. The All-Ireland qualifier for the Kerry Bogs should ensure a particularly good standard in that class this year, as well.”
With over 700 trade stands and a host of other attractions for all ages - including entertainment from country star, Michael English - more than 60,000 people are expected to attend the Tullamore Show this year.