Ballymena and District Show Scene

Shaun Oneill


Shaun Oneill


Ballymena & District HPS Show season continued on Monday evening with classes T/W for the Young Birds.

There was a total entry of 167 birds.

Judges travelled down from Muckamore Bobby Bethel INFC Centre Manager and Alan Steele who has the local feed store.

W & N Gilbert had seven cards including 1st in the Young Cocks with a lovely Chequer who is the full brother to their Champion Prince winner of numerous 1sts.

Best in Show was penned by visitor from Ballymoney, Derek McMullan a lovely Blue hen.

Young Cocks (85 Birds)

1st, 2nd, 3rd & HC W & N Gilbert, 4th & VHC N & S Anderson, Reserve D Swann, Commended D & G McMullan.

Young Hens (82 birds)

1st D & G McMullan, 2nd, Reserve & HC W & N Gilbert, 3rd J Edgar, 4th B Herbison, VHC T McFall, Commended R & S Swann. Contact Willy Gilbert Tel: 07761 323459.

Broughshane & District HPS

Harryville judges George Price and Allen McBride carried out the duties on the first night at Broughshane.

Cclasses were for Old & Young Cocks judged Through Wires. Darren Swann from Ballymena had the Red Card in the Old Cocks while R & S Swann penned the winner in Young Cocks.

Old Cock T/W (55 Birds)

1st & HC D Swann, 2nd & Reserve J & J Greer, 3rd & VHC W & N Gilbert, 4th & Commended J Getty. Young Cock T/W (55 Birds) – 1st & VHC R & S Swann, 2nd & 4th J & J Greer, 3rd W & N Gilbert, Reserve D Houston, HC N & S Anderson, Commended M Neilly.

Congratulations to the Swann Family winner 2 x 1sts.

Remaining show series dates are as follows, usual Tuesday evening.

13th November - O/H & Y/H T.W.

20th November - Old Bird eye sign / young bird mated pairs.

27th November - Old bird mated pairs and fancy class.

4th December - O/C & Y/C Handled.

11th December - O/H & Y/H Handled.

18th December - Card Winners. Everyone welcome to club show series. Show Cup winner will receive a prize for 2 persons for afternoon tea at a local hotel.

Kells & District

Show season started Wednesday 7th November with a class for Old Cocks judged Through the Wires by Lexie Mullan from Harryville and Bertie Blair from Ballymena.

Ace racer and the seasons Highest Prize-winner Geoff Surgenor took the Red Card. Old Cocks – 1st Surgenor Bros, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & HC A Barkley & Son, Reserve & Commended B Swann & Son, VHC Gregg Bros.

Kells & District HPS shows will continue with - 14th November old hens, 21st November young cocks, 8th November young hens, 5th December mated pairs, 12th December eye-sign and pieds.

All classes are through wires.

Boxing Day show will be usual 3 in 1. More details later.

Ahoghill Flying Club

The 2nd show for Ahoghill was old cocks and hens through wires, W Gilbert won old cocks, Victor Montgomery won the hens, judges were Harry Boyd and Brian Swann from Kells.

The Prince has now won 14 x 1sts, needs entered at Dublin and Blackpool.

Raffle won by Rebecca.

Old Cocks T/W

1st, 4th & Reserve W & N Gilbert, 2nd D & R Turkington, 3rd & HC V Montgomery, VHC B Herbison, Commended T & G Balmer.

Old Hens T/W

1st, 3rd & Reserve V Montgomery, 2nd & VHC W & N Gilbert, 4th HC & Commended B Herbison.

Coming up - Friday 16/11/18 Young Cocks and Hens Handled, Friday 23/11/18 Old Cocks and Hens Handled, Friday 30/11/18 Young Pairs and Fancy, Friday 7/12/18 Old Pairs and Late-breds, Friday 14/12/18 Old Bird and Young Bird Eye-sign.

Tea and refreshments will be served during judging, visitors are very welcome, penning in clubrooms from 7.00pm.

Cullybackey HPS

Latest classes on Saturday evening were pairs judged Through Wires by Robert McCartney of Harryville.

Old Pairs T/W

1st & Reserve, 2nd & Commended D Swann, 3rd, 4th & HC W & N Gilbert, Reserve B Herbison, VHC J & J Greer.

Young Pairs T/W

1st, 4th & Reserve McAlonan Bros, 2nd, 3rd & VHC W & N Gilbert, HC J & J Greer, Commended D Swann.

Best in Show was won by Brian Herbison while McAlonan Bros made it a Red Card double for the local club in Young Pairs.

Next week 17th November Young Cocks & Young Hens Handled, 24th November Old Cocks & Late Breds Handled, 1st December Old Hens Handled & Fancy T/W, 8th December OB & YB Eye-sign. Keep Saturday 15th December free for the Annual 3 in 1 Open Show.

Rasharkin & District Dinner and Prize Night

The Rasharkin & Dist dinner and prize night will be held in the Glasgow Rangers Club in Clough on Saturday November 17. Tickets can be ordered from Jackie Steele at £16 each Tel: 07771 967460.

They will also host the The Rasharkin & Dist dinner and prize night will be held in the Glasgow Rangers Club in Clough on Saturday MAC presentation for the first time, tickets for this should be ordered from Homer Tel: 07538 238364.

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