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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