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Big crowds attend successful Show

At the Ballinasloe Agricultural Show Garbally Oil Pony Loose Lunging winner 2023 was Mark Briscoe, Portumna, receiving his prize from John Harney, Chairman. Pic Gerry Stronge

There was a great crowd at the 2023 Ballinasloe Agricultural Show 2023 on Sunday last, the poor weather having no impact on proceedings! In fact, despite terrible weather from 11 am onwards, the entries were well up on last year in both the cattle and sheep sections.

A new competition introduced this year, the Garbally Oil Loose Lunging for ponies and horses, proved to be  very popular with the crowd. It attracted 28 entries and was won outright by local man Mark Briscoe from Portumna.

The Wag ‘n’ Tails-sponsored Dog Show was also a big success, again in spite of persistent rain.

Speaking after the show, committee chairperson John Harney thanked all sponsors of this year’s show – 173 in total – and in particular thanked the participants who braved the heavy rain and stayed in the grounds until the Loose Lunging competition came to an exciting finish at 6 pm.

John explained that work starts on the 2024 show this week, and will definitely include Loose Lunging, sponsored by Garbally Oil, and The Wag ‘n’ Tails Dog show. He also thanked Easyfix for the use of the dog track.

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