Irish Moiled's Back to Balmoral!
The Irish Moileds return to Northern Irelands largest show is fast approaching! This year's show will take place on the 15th-17th May at the new Balmoral Park site near The Maze, Lisburn. Schedules are now available to download from the show's websites or by contacting them directly. Closing dates for entries is 20th March 2013. Judging duties will fall on to our very own Registrar Mr Mark Logan of Clandeboye Estate, Bangor who is no stranger to success at the show with Clandeboye's Holsteins and Jerseys.
The Society is also delighted to announce 2 new cups. Firstly William and Mary Forsythe of Tully Farm are presenting 'The Tully Farm Cup' for Champion Irish Moiled Pair. Tully Farm although relative newcomers to Irish Moileds are great supporters of showing both Irish Moileds and Dexters and sell all their own rare breed meat through their mobile farm shop. The second cup has been presented by our Vice President, Ian Simpson and his wife Joan who are providing 'The Pennielea Trophy' for Champion Irish Moiled. Ian and Joan are well known breeders of the Pennielea herd of Irish Moileds and Ian served on the Board of Directors for many years taking on a number of roles during that time. The Society wish to thank both Tully Farm and Ian and Joan for their very kind donations and we look forward to seeing who the first winners of these prizes will be!
It has been over 70 years since Irish Moileds were last exhibited at Balmoral and it shows the great progress that has been made in the breed. So I would just like to encourage as many of you as possible to try and turn your top animals out and I can guarantee you will have the 'showing bug' in no time! There is a 15 animal target to reach for the classes to go ahead so if you are hoping to exhibit please let me know rough numbers so we know what to expect. It is possible also to bring animals up from the Republic of Ireland but please check with Balmoral or your Vet Office for full requirements for import but I do believe it is not an over complicated process.
If you would like any help or advice on showing or preparing animals please feel free to get in touch with myself or your local Director but for now here is a very apt quote from Captain J Gregg MBE referring to Irish Moileds for the 1930 Balmoral Show, "I would suggest ........members to commence preparing their show exhibits at once for in order to make the correct impression at the show, exhibits must be in fairly fat condition when shown." Couldn't have said it better myself, though I will maybe say 'well fleshed' instead! Best of luck to all exhibitors and I look forward to seeing you there.
Valerie Orr, 07753504654, firstname.lastname@example.org
p.s If anyone has any information, photos or memories etc of Irish Moileds at past Balmoral Shows I would be delighted to hear from you!