Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Clydesdales sure to be a big draw at Balmoral

John Drummond and Enchantress - the 4,000th Clydesdale to be shown at Ireland’s biggest agricultural show
John Drummond and Enchantress - the 4,000th Clydesdale to be shown at Ireland’s biggest agricultural show

This gentle giant is Enchantress — the 4,000th Clydesdale to be shown at Ireland’s biggest agricultural show.

The huge horses have been shown at the Balmoral Show throughout its 141-year history and the three-year-old filly is the 4,000th to register for participation.

Her owner John Drummond from Bratlach Farm in Bangor is showing two Clydesdales this year — Bratlach Enchantress and yearling filly Bratlach Galway Girl. \[Brian Lovett\]He teamed up with Ann Calwell and David George of Ulster Bank to help launch the Clydesdale category, which is is being sponsored by the bank in addition to its overall sponsorship of the prestigious show.

John’s father began showing Clydesdales at Balmoral in the 1960s, achieving many successes, and now his son has taken over the reins. He says a huge amount of work goes into getting the beautiful horses ready for Balmoral.

“Clydesdales really are an impressive spectacle when they are turned out for the show, which is why the category is so popular,\[Brian Lovett\]It’s important to put in the right preparation in terms of training and then meticulous washing and brushing beforehand,” he says. \[Brian Lovett\]The Clydesdale classes will be in Horse Ring 1 on Friday May 15 from 9.30am onwards (with the Farm Cart class at approx 1pm in Horse Ring 1). The parade of heavy horses and farm carts in the main arena at 1.45pm is expected to be hugely popular with the crowds.

The Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank takes place from May 13 to 15.

Doors open from 8.30am — 8pm daily. Further information is available at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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