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Saintfield Horse Show Revels In Sunshine
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THE third annual Saintfield Horse Show which took place on Sat.20th Aug was basked in the  late summer sunshine.

The Crowds of people who attended enjoyed a day of fun, laughter and a real carnival atmosphere that existed throughout the entire show grounds. With horses, ponies, donkeys, dogs and amusements, everyone was entertained and at the same time helped raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Show directior Joan Cunnningham said, “Entries were well up on last year. The first ever minature horse grand prix  to be run in Ireland proved a big success. The Ulster Tatler Ladies Side Saddle Championship added a touch of Glamour to the day and the Donkey Derby was fantastic fun.

“Crowds of people lined the race track to cheer the donkeys on. Commentator Raymond Hill did an excellent job of keeping the crowds entertained. The fourth race was the final and Danny the donkey owned and trained by Lee Simpson and sponsored by vet Surgeon Bruce Steele emerged the winner by a short head from the Ballyclare Donkey Duke owned by Michael Ferris and sponsored by Ivan McCabrey. Bruce won £1000 for his chosen charity.

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“Saintfield’s Got Talent was hotly contested and the eventual winner was Andy McTaggart from Ballyclare who not only won £500 for his chosen charity but also got a spot to sing at the Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride on Saturday 3rd.December.”

Joan also said that the Race Horse to Riding Horse sponsored by Downpatrick Races and judged by Margie McCloone from the Irish Field and Vet. Surgeon Bruce Steele was won by Suzy Barclay on No Discount.

She added, “Myself and the rest of the team were nothing short of ecstatic at the success of the whole day. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Mr. Jim Prentice for his kindness in allowing us the use of his land, to our major sponsor Mivan and all the other sponsors who made the show possible, the judges and stewards who worked hard to keep everything running smoothly, the St. John’s Ambulance and the PSNI.”