DETAILS of the 2015 Skibbereen Show, which is being held next Thursday, July 16th, were announced by Carbery Show Society at a reception in the West Cork Hotel recently.
The organisers took this opportunity to express their appreciation and gratitude to their generous sponsors, without whom there would be no show.
This year again, Thomas and Carol Henry from Creagh, Baltimore, are sponsoring the class for 4 and 5 year old horses likely to make eventers. Also, the Young Horse Championship is sponsored again by Noel Harrington, TD.
Following the success of the Foal Championship over the past nine years, this will be held again, with prize money being generously sponsored by Ardtech Industries, Drimoleague. This championship is confined to first and second prizewinners of the foal classes at Carbery Show.
Once again, Blackwater Motors, Skibbereen are the sponsors of Irish Mare and Foal Class. This year, Paul O’Neill sponsors the Miniature Horse Class. Durapak Agri sponsors the Young Friesian Cow Class.
The Irish Draught Mare Class is now in its twenty-first year; the Hayes Family, formerly from Kilnahera, Drimoleague, generously sponsors the trophy for this class, and Donal Casey of Bantry Tyre Centre sponsors the prize money. He also sponsors the 1 and 2-year-old Gelding/Filly class. Drinagh Co-Op, FBD also sponsor various cattle classes.
Once again, two of the local banks, Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland, sponsor the two major Cork County Championship Finals.
The Cork County Yearling Gelding and Filly Championship is now in its twenty ninth
Year, and is sponsored by Allied Irish Bank, Skibbereen. This highly-competitive event always ensures a fine presentation of top young horses.
The Cork County Beef Bull Championship enters its twenty-eighth year and is open to all major beef breeds. This is sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Skibbereen. The standard of the bulls is extremely high and it forms a huge attraction in the bovine section qualifiers for these finals have been selected at all the other Cork County Shows, which have taken place before the Carbery Show.
Carbery Milk Products, Ballineen, are the generous sponsors of the Carbery Group Dairy Class, for a group of three female dairy animals exhibited by one owner.
FBD Insurance, Skibbereen, and Drinagh Co-Op and Skibbereen Credit Union sponsor various Friesian classes.
This year PJ Fitzgerald and John O’Donovan have presented the Show Society with a new cup, in memory of Murty Fitzgerald and Billy O’Donovan. This cup will be presented to the winner of the Small Hunter Class.
‘We make every effort to advertise our sponsors through our prize list, show catalogue, press advertising and acknowledging them through the public address system on Show day,’ said show secretary Yvonne O’Regan. ‘We are extremely grateful for the positive press coverage given by the local press and media.’
Carbery Show stages the following qualifiers: Kildysart Two Year Old Filly Championship, final at Kildysart Show; The A Browne Filly Foal Championship, final at Moate Show; The Yearling Filly Championship, final at Kildysart Show; The Traditional Irish Sport Foal Championship, final at Mountbellew Show; Roscommon Irish Draught Yearling Filly Championship, final at Roscommon Show; The Irish Draught Three Year Old RID Mare, final at Bonniconlon Show; Irish Draught Filly Foal Championship, final at Ballinasloe Show; All-Ireland Breeders Championship, final at West Cork Horse Breeders Show; the Bantry Irish Draught Foal Munster Championship, final at Bantry Show; the All-Ireland Show Driving Championship, final at Iverk Show, and there is also a qualifier for the All-Ireland Donkey Mare Championship final at Ballinasloe Show.
This year, the popular Carriage Driving Competition, which included classes for Open Driving for the John O’Sullivan Memorial Cup, Intermediate Driving Class for the Patrick Barry, Waterfall ,Memorial Cup, and a Road Car and Exercise Vehicle Class.
The show society continues to encourage home produce through its large indoor exhibition, which includes the Horticulture Section, with Deelish Garden Centre and Carbery Flower and Garden Club sponsoring some of these classes and the Photography section, which is sponsored by Pierce Hickey Jr.
The Craft Classes are sponsored by Fusion Home Interiors, Skibbereen, and Eleanor Calnan. Barry’s Tea Sponsor the majority of the Cookery Classes, with some other cookery classes being sponsored by Jim Seymour Jewellers, O’Leary’s Jewellers and Apple Betty’s, all from Skibbereen.
It would be a poor show that would not encourage the exhibitors of the future: Carbery Show includes many classes for children, such as ridden and led pony classes, a junior cattle section, junior horticulture classes, the junior crafts, and junior cookery classes with special trophies presented by Mrs Mary O’Driscoll for exhibitors with the most points in the Junior Cookery and Junior Arts and Crafts sections. Rosettes will also be presented to all winners of the Junior Sections. They have also included a class for pre-schools to enter a collage with the popular theme of ‘Frozen’ this year.
Another new class introduced this year is for an item made from re-cycled materials.
They look forward to see what wonderful exhibits the youngsters will enter for this new class.
This year, as usual, the West Carbery Hunt will be putting on a display of their hounds during the afternoon and this has proved to be a popular addition to the show in the afternoon.
Immensely popular is the Pet Dog Show, which is a non-pedigree show, and is this year again being sponsored by Red Mills, Goresbridge, and Mary Farmer, who sponsors the Best Dog of the Show. There are also numerous cups to be awarded to the winners of the dog classes and a Special Champion Rosette to the Champion Dog of the Show.
They are also holding qualifiers for the The Puppy Parlour Kenmare Munster Dog Championship for Small and Large Dogs, and a qualifier for the Gain Food All-Ireland Championship, for Small and Large Dogs, final to be held at Clonaslee Show.
The Skibbereen Show has been noted for its marvelous trade stand display, some of whom come from far afield, who exhibit a variety of local crafts, foods, shrubs and plants, machinery and dairy equipment, farm and business services and local enterprise. Each year the selection of goods on display becomes more varied and interesting.
This year, Carbery Show is expanding its very popular children’s amusements section, with a Mobile Pet Farm, The Animal Road Show and Boggles Circus Skills. There will also be a concert by popular local band Rubicon from Ballydehob in the afternoon.
The Ladies’ Committee continues to run a very successful restaurant on show day, which is a popular meeting place for people attending the show, and meeting up with old friends.
‘Most of all, we hope all our sponsors, exhibitors, members and public will enjoy a memorable day out on Thursday July 16th at Carbery Show in Skibbereen,’ concluded Yvonne.