Horse owners plan a revolt on Lamas Fair ban
One of north Antrim’s best-known horse owners is planning to take Moyle Council head on after it revealed it would ban horse trading from Ballycastle’s Lamas Fair recently.
Vincent Traynor from Ballymoney, Chairperson of the North Antrim Riding Club and ‘Master’ of the Braid Draghounds says the council has ‘overstepped the mark’ by prohibiting the tradition of horse trading at the fair which dates back over 300 years.
Mr Traynor will head a committee made up of members of the horse owning community who will tackle the council on Monday, April 23 at a meeting.
Moyle Council announced its proposal to ban horse trading after concerns for animal wellfare arose after events which took place in recent years.
“The Fair has been going for hundreds of years and people have been coming and selling horses for years. The Fair was originally a ‘Farmer’s Fair’,” said Mr Traynor.
“The Council has taken this decision because people have made complaints following an incident where a horse was ridden at night and also a few allegations of animal mistreatment. There were a few minuses but what about the pluses of having horse trading at the Fair?” added Mr Traynor.