Irish hunting extravaganza is postponed due to bad weather

  • The second annual Irish Hunting Extravaganza, due to take place on 11 September at Sallymount House, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath, has been postponed until 9 October.

    The event, hosted by the Ballymacad hunt, will feature hound parades, an inter-hunt chase, jump cross, a donkey derby, dog show and many other entertainments and the highlight will be the hunting horse competition.

    Entrants will be expected to jump wire, gates, ditches, water, a bullfinch and other natural hunting obstacles and prove their manners around hounds.

    There will be a lightweight and a heavyweight class, judged by Charlie Gundry and Guy Landau, and first prize in each will be €1,000.

    Anne-Marie Galligan of the Ballymacad hunt said: “We are sorry to have to postpone the event but the ground is saturated and the forecast is bad.”

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