Scottish judge, James Tennant, chose the winners from a show of 18 at the recent Co Londonderry Horse Breeding Society’s foal show in Ballymena – with the top ticket going to Master Tom.

The overall championship went to Geoffrey and Lesley Tanner with the day’s foal champion Downhill Master Tom – a home bred senior colt foal, sired by Eskechraggan Ernest out of Garleton Betty.

Reserve overall champion and reserve foal champion was the Hanna family's May-born junior filly foal, on her first outing – Macfin Dancing Queen. This one is by Muirton Sabre out of Macfin Diamond Queen.

Senior champion was David Patterson's home-bred three-year-old filly, Agivey Sophie. She is by Roes Hall Calypso while her dam is Drumeen Grace.

Reserve senior was the yearling colt, Macfin Kingsman, again from the Hannas – he is by Rosegift Rocky out of Macfin Diamond Queen.

A strong class of young handlers was won by Bonnie Taggart (Ballaney), with second place going to Edward Leverett and third to Lucy Kirkpatrick. All three have already qualified to go the CHS championship at the Royal Highland Show.


Yeld mare – 1, Agivey Sophie (David Patterson).

Yearling male – 1, Macfin Kingsman (Hanna family).

Senior colt foal – 1, Downhill Master Tom (G and L Tanner); 2, Carnaff Trueform (D and M McKay); 3, Dairylough Lord Clifford (S and V Parke).

Senior filly foal – 1, Bratlach Anniversary Girl (John Drummond); 2, Macfin Lady Lilyann (Hanna family); 3, Carrickmannon Lady Duchess (Pat O’Boyle).

Junior colt foal – 1, Castletown Cracker (John Cross); 2, Drumnaconnagher Dillan (Gerry McGreevy); 3, Portview McLeod (John McDermott).

Junior filly foal – 1, Macfin Dancing Queen (Hanna family); 2, Carnaff Jeannie (Wendy Holmes); 3, Artnagullion Flash Girl (Jill McAllister).

* The NISA Clydesdale championship for 2019 was sponsored by Lisburn Equestrian and Farm Feeds and was points gained by Clydesdale horses at agricultural shows the length and breadth of the province.

The final results were: 1, Agivey Sophie (30 points) (David Patterson); 2, Castletown Crytsal (22) (John Cross); 3=, Drumhill Lady Zoe (14 points) (James Cantley); Macfin Queen of the Roses (Hanna family); and Macfin Vera Lynn (Ian and Dessie Simpson).