Show season underway in Mid-Antrim

Ballymena & Dist show winners from left: George Eagleson 1st YHen, Brian Swann, Willie Gilbert 1st YCock & Special and Davy Scott.
Ballymena & Dist show winners from left: George Eagleson 1st YHen, Brian Swann, Willie Gilbert 1st YCock & Special and Davy Scott.

Ballymena HPS were first away in the local show season with almost 100 birds penned for the Young Birds Through the Wires.

The judges travelled in from Kells Jimmy Scott and Brian Swann two of the clubs top racers.

New Show Secretary Willie Gilbert had a fantastic start all told collecting 10 cards penning the winner in Young Cock and Special for Best in Show. The Show Shield winner from last season G & A Eagleson took the Red Card in Young Hens. Raffle was won by Charlie McManus, and a bigger entry is expected for the Old Birds.

Ballymena & Dist: Young Cock T/W (49 Birds) – 1st & Special W & N Gilbert, 2nd, 3rd, Reserve, VHC, HC & Commended W & N Gilbert, 4th Russell Bros. Young Hen T/W (48 Birds) – 1st G & A Eagleson, 2nd, 3rd, & Commended W & N Gilbert, 4th McFall & McManus, Reserve & VHC Russell Bros, HC Blair & Rankin. Judges – J Scott and B Swann (Kells & District).

KELLS & DISTRICT HPS

Show season will start this week, Wednesday 5th November is for Old Cocks T/W, followed by OH, YC, YH, Mated Pairs, Pieds/Eye-sign. The Annual Open Show will take place on Boxing Day, Friday 26th December, more details later.

CULLYBACKEY HPS

Young Cocks T/W – 1st & BIS J & J Greer, 2nd & Commended N & S Anderson, 3rd T McFall, 4th & HC Russell Bros, Reserve A Darragh, VHC Cochrane Bros. Young Hens T/W – 1st Cochrane Bros, 2nd & HC T McFall, 3rd Blair & Rankin, 4th N & S Anderson, Reserve J & J Greer, VHC & Commended Russell Bros. Cullybackey HPS started the season with classes for Young Birds Through Wires, J & J Greer had 1st in the Young Cocks and Best in Show, Cochrane Bros took the Red Card in the Young Hens. The judge was Allen McBride from Harryville, classes this Saturday are Old Cock & Old Hen Through Wires.