Huge prizes up for grabs in horse section

Flashback to 2022: Padraig Smith from Ahascragh pictured with the Champion Young Horse of the Roscommon Agricultural Show last year. Photo: Mick McCormack

Roscommon Industrial and Agricultural Show boasts one of the best horse shows in Ireland with thousands of euros up for grabs across 14 classes.

Speaking at last Thursday’s launch, head of the horse section, Christy Tully, said the prizemoney on offer was on par with anywhere else in the country.

“The highlight of the day is the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Draught Yearling Filly class, which has a prize fund of €2,000 and is sponsored by Hannon’s Hotel and the Roscommon Show,” he said.

“We get the cream of the crop…it is one of the best All-Irelands in the country and has a big turn out of up to 22 fillies every year”.

Mr Tully thanked the Department of Agriculture and Horse Sport Ireland for sponsoring the Irish Draught Broodmare class to the tune of €1,500. He also thanked local auctioneer Padraig Burke for his ongoing sponsorship of the show.

Mr Tully and Dermot Hughes Cars also sponsor the Roscommon Breeders Broodmare with Foal at foot, which has a prize fund of €1,000.

Like other sections, there are classes for younger participants including young handlers’ classes for those aged 14 to 18 and those aged 19 to 25.

Concluding, Mr Tully described the horse section as “one of, if not the best in the country”.