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Defiant public ignore rain at Balmoral Show

By Linda McKee

Published 16/05/2009

Pete Snodden presents Stacey Caldwell with her best-dressed prize
Pete Snodden presents Stacey Caldwell with her best-dressed prize
Elaine Hunter from Ballymoney with her Polled Dorset sheep
Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep at Balmoral Show
Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel take shelter during a shower of rain with UFU President Graham Furey at Balmoral Show
Sammy Wilson, proved to be dairy good when he tried his hand at milking Daisy the Dale Farm Cow at the Balmoral Show
Nadia Moore and Rebecca Wallace from Annalong with puppies in the childrens farm at the Balmoral show
Colin and Raymond Todd from Lisburn with his Blonde Junior Champion at the Balmoral show
A belgian Blue Bull gets a welcome shower after a hard day at the Balmoral show
Uncle Hugo entertains the crowds at the Balmoral show
Moycraig Young Farmers battle through the rain in the YFC Tog O War competition
Connor Colins, Ciara Cook, Martin Devine, Amy Hale and Susan McCord from St Kevins Falls Rd Belfast who won the global food network competition to grow their own food at the Balmoral show
Karren Wells from Markethill celebrates with her goat Molly after winning her class at the Balmoral show
Titan the ASDA robot entertains at the Balmoral show
Titan the ASDA robot entertains the people at the Balmoral Show
Shirley Anderson, from Ballymena, hands her entry for a prize draw to Anne Hagan on the Ulster Bank stand at Balmoral Show
Stephen MacAuley and William Edgar, from Downpatrick, give David George, Ulster Bank business development manager, a demonstration of how to get sheep ready for the show ring
Free rain macs proved popular with visitors to Balmoral Show after showers on Thursday afternoon
Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, discusses the agricultural economy with Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew during a visit to Balmoral Show on Thursday afternoon
Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep
Fred Loughridge, Armoy, getting his sheep ready for showing at Balmoral Show
Kirsty Clarke and Caroline Woolsey, Ballygowan getting ready to show their Ballymartin Herefords at Ballymoral Show
Jonathan Farrell and Alan Kennedy enjoying a cup of tea before showing their cattle at Balmoral Show
Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show
In the Cattle Market at the Balmoral Show
Clodagh McGovern has her Bull Ratorty Dollar in the perfect stance at the Balmoral Show
Freestyle Motorcycling at the Balmoral Show
Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show
Taking a break at the Balmral Show
Bethany Boyd in with her fathers Ile De France flock at the Balmoral Show
Lara Ormedilla with her Horse Adamstown at the Balmoral Show
Kim Robinson and Nicola Greer Shelter from the rain at the Balmoral Show
Jamie McDowell and David Fitzgerald Caught on Camera at the Balmoral Show
Tony Sutcliffe on hand to provide medical assistance if needed
Vicky McClinchie (18) from Belcoo and Adam Fowler
An Owl at the Balmoral show.
Orla Coyle (17), Kathy McKinstrey (17), Elaine Crosier (17) and Kirsty Ridelle (16), all from Armagh.
Lynn Kelly with Morgan (5) and Madison (4) from Strabane
An entertainer on stilts entertains the children
Andrew King at the Balmoral show
John Stephenson (58), sheep farmer from County Durham, England and John Blaney (58) from Cushendun.
Yvonne Kilrane (15), Katie Tyrell (15), Valerie Donegan (15) and Niall Tiernan (14), all from Leitrim.
A child at the show eats ice cream in the warm sun
David Cunningham at the Balmoral show
John Charmichael with one of the eagles
Gwen Scott with her horse at the Balmoral show
Robert and Sylvia Steele, horse owners from Comber
Conor O Donaghue (28), charity worker from Limerick and Kevin O Leary (24) from Cork.
Noel Regan (65) from Roscommon with his wife Ann Regan (55) from Swansea and John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.
John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.
UUP European election candidate Jim Nicholson on his tractor
Belfast sculptor, Rachel Dickson working on the Dromona cheesy replicas of First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MP MLA and Martin McGuinness MP
Ruth Wilson, 24, who is competing in the Small Hunters Equestrian Event.
Children enjoy their day at the Balmoral Show
Geoff Holden Director of Exhibition Stand Design and Construction finishes putting together one of the stands
Laverne Bell, Renny McKeown and Johanna Hobes from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency finish putting up their display
Alison Connelly and Kenny Gracy with Forthill Ellen
Gary Hanna from Draperhill and Money Nabane Limousins brushes the cows
Eilidh Duncan with her horse "Flightpath"
The Balmoral Show first day. People view what it has to offer
Julie McConkey with Mishna
One of the judges at the Balmoral Show
People view what goes on at the balmoral show
Ayesha Akkari, Tiffinee Dickson, Alanna Dickson and Jennifer Sloan at the petting den
The horses which compete in equestrian competitions
Kathryn Moore (5) from Ballyclare 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009
Hannah Mahood (4) from Donaghadee 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009
Martin Rogan at The Balmoral Show
Arlene Foster (centre) with Sean Owens and Diana Porter, Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum
Arlene Foster (centre) with Clarke Miller, Miller Savory Foods and Clarke Black Chairman Food Promotion Northern Ireland.
Farmer showing off their prize sheep
The 2009 Balmoral Show at the King's Hall
A young farmer shows off his prize bull
2 year old Sam Geary finds himself a huge toilet to sit on at the NI Water stand
10 year old Fay Stockdale enjoying the Children's Farm
Young Lamas are a star attraction with the children
Art College student Jonny Shields puts the finishing touches to his First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, made from cheese
"One heavy weight Champion meets another" Martin Rogan with prize winning bull Son Of Rocky
Finishing touches are put to a horse, on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show
Tea and sandwiches are served in the horse trials area
Competitors in the horse trials area on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show
A competitor gets ready to compete in an equestrian event
A farmer power washes a bull prior to showing
Farmers relax on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show
Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan with St.Kevins pupils at the Balmoral Show
SDLP European Election candidate Alban Maginness MLA squares up to Belfast's Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan at the Balmoral Show
One of the horses in the stables
One of the Black Alpine goats which are very rare
The horses which are brought down to be judged
People view what goes on at the balmoral show
A llama at the Balmoral Show

A steady downpour throughout the final day of the Balmoral Show didn’t deter the big contenders in the style stakes.

Not only did the competitors in the Ladies Best Dressed Competition ramp up the style, but many proved that you don’t have to go designer to make an impact.

Indeed, the overall winner — Stacey Caldwell from Banbridge — did exactly that, wowing the judges with a combination of designer style and borrowed finery in her green and black ensemble.

Christine Watson from The Outlet, which sponsored the contest, said: “Despite the rain the ladies really made an effort. It was that case of somebody who really stood out from the crowd.

“There were some very quirky styles and the judges would have loved to have awarded 3rd, 4th and 5th places.

“The winner had borrowed bits and bobs from relatives and friends and put them together with a statement piece.

“In the current economic climate there’s no excuse — there are things you can do without spending a great deal of money. At the end of the day it’s about style, not about designer. The winner mixed and matched and the end result was fabulous.”

The crowds continued to turn out yesterday despite the steady rain — and the show was still busy into the evening as the weather cleared up.

Operations director Rhonda Geary said: “We had an exciting finish to the showjumping Grand Prix, with local rider Conor Swail picking up the £3,500 first prize and also winning the leading rider of the show award.

“People still rolled in all afternoon and there was a packed grandstand for the Bolddog Lings motorcross stunt act.

“We also had a great cattle parade in the arena — it was a real spectacle even in the rain.

“We still have to count receipts, but the feel of the show is that it was very similar to previous years in terms of attendance.”

There were reports that fighting broke out on the balcony of the King’s Hall early in the evening, but security staff quickly moved to quell it and remove any children from the scene.

“There was a bit of boisterous behaviour in the Tudor bar,” Rhonda said.

Dairy champion of champions was Potterswalls Paramount Glamour, owned by the Fleming family of Seaforde, and reserve champion was Relough Goldwyn Danna, owned by Ronald McLean & Sons from Dungannon.

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