Ballinasloe Show Press Release


179th ANNUAL SHOW 23rd September 2018

Sunday 23rd September, the opening day, will see qualifiers from numerous shows throughout the country congregate in Ballinasloe Show Grounds for 3 All-Ireland Classes.

The first of these will be the Gain All-Ireland Foal Competition followed by the Irish Draught Filly Foal Competition kindly sponsored by Parkmore Stables and finally the Garbally Oil Irish Draught Colt Foal Competition.

Ballinasloe Show Society are proud to host these prestigious competitions but are equally as proud to host a large number of other classes on this, their Annual Show Day.  Other classes include Working Hunter Classes, sponsored by local retailer Cathal Concannon, The Champion Ridden Pony competing for the Fred Kilmartin Memorial Cup, Cattle & Sheep Classes particularly the All-Ireland Championship Saler Bull Calf and the All Ireland Championship Saler Heifer Class.   Both the Saler Classes are sponsored by the Saler Society of Ireland

Cattle Classes will culminate in the AIB sponsored Champion Beast of the Show, while the Sheep Classes will finish with the Brendan Walshe Cup for Champion Sheep of Show.

Fowl & Bantam classes together with Pet classes will be judged at 11a.m with a number of classes including Rhode Island Reds, Various Egg Classes and Most Unusual Pet.

“We are looking forward to continuing to build on the success of our past shows and with all the renovations that have been done on Ballinasloe Showgrounds  in the last two years we feel that we have never been better equipped to deal with what we hope will be our most successful show ever” says Ballinasloe Show Ass. Secretary John Harney.


Closing Date for Entries is:

Friday 14 September 2018. 

All enquiries to Show Secretary, John Harney, Main Street, Ballinasloe.

Tel & Fax  090 9645040.   Mobile 087 2105032



Updated prize schedule for working hunter ponies September 29th

Amendment to Working Hunter Ponies for Ballinasloe Show 29th September 2012


Ring 6: WORKING HUNTER PONIES.  Starting 12.00


Class 63  Newcomer Working Hunter. For ponies who have never won a prize in a

working hunter class and are not eligible to compete in any other working

hunter class on the day – max fence height, 18”.

Class 64. Open & Novice Working Hunter not exceeding 133cms

Suitable for, and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 14th birthday on 1.1.2012

Class 65. Open & Novice Working Hunter not exceeding 143cms

Suitable for, and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 17th birthday on 1.1.2012

Class 66. Open & Novice Working Hunter not exceeding 153cms .

Riders not to have attained their 20th birthday on 1.1.2012.

Suitable for, and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 14th

birthday on 1.1.2012

Class 66A Open & Novice Working Hunter Intermediate not exceeding 158cms

Ridden by  rider who have not attained 25 birthday on 1.1.2012.

Class 67. Open Registered Connemara Working Hunter, 4 years old and over. to be ridden by children who have not attained their 16th birthday by 1st January of the current year.

Class68. Open Registered Connemara Working Hunter, 4 years old and over, Riders to be 16  years and over.


The Ballinasloe Show September 29th

The Agricultural show takes place this year on the 29th of September with Three All-Ireland Foal Finals takig Place on the day. First the All- Ireland Irish Draught Filly Foal Final which is Sponsored by parkmore Stables , Creagh Ballinasloe and the Irish Horse Board €2,0000. Also the All-Ireland Irish Draught Colt Foal Final which is sponsored by Garbally Oil, Ballinasloe €1,000

The Gain Feed All-Ireland Colt Foal Final which is Sponsored by Gain feeds €2,500. There are also classes for Horses, Ponies, Cattle, Sheep, Poultry and Pet Class for Juniors at the Show. There are 30 Classes for Horses, 38 Classes for Ponies; Cattle 23 Classes, Sheep 15 Classes and 5 classes for Pets.

The Saler All-Ireland Calf Final, Both Male and Female will take place and the AIB  Champion Beast of The Show Over All Winner Competition. On Sunday and Monday of the fair, parking will be available in the Showgrounds for Lorries, Car’s, Jeeps and Horse Boxes. On Saturday 6th of October there will be 2 All-Ireland Connemara Pony Finals. The Connemara two and Three year old Filly and Mare of the Future All-Ireland Final Sponsored  by Ballinasloe Registered Connemara Pony Owners Syndicate €1,000. The Connemara Pony Gelding All-ireland Championship ( To Be Shown Under Saddle) Sponsored by an Garran Syndicate And FR. Christy McCormack €1,000.

The All-Ireland Donkey Mare and Foal Final Sponsored by Gerry Stronge And John  Harney €600. There will also be a food hall on Saturday with Competitions for Baking and Vegtables, a Pets Corner, Children’s Art Competitions and a Counrty Village. There will also be show jumping in October with horse Competitions taking place on Saturday and Sunday, With the final of the Connaught Grand Prox taking place on Sunday at Approx 2pm.

Closing Dates for Entries for the show is the 21st of September and entries should be directed to the Secretary at 090 9645040.


Download the full prize Schedule Booklet Here 2012_Schedule

You can download Entry forms here

League Grand Prix Results





Name Of Horse







Kathryn Duffy

Killard Horizon

Michael Duffy






John Byrne

Captains Magic Touch

Gabriel Slattery






Jessica Burke

Vitesse (Fei)

Jessica Burke






Dermot Forde

Westland Ruby

Michael Duffy






Richard Dalton

Woodfield Samenco

Jessica Burke






Mary Mulkern


Damien Patrick Griffin






Aisling Sweeney

A Touch of Lass

Stephen Moore






Dick & Teresa Conway

Arbutus Ohio

Andrew Hodgins






Gabriel Slattery

Castlelawn Kannan

Gabriel Slattery





Sean Mulkerin

Minnie Clover

Thomas O’Brien











For the full list of Results Visit

Ballinasloe to host Grand Prix Competition


Ballinasloe Showgrounds hosts Connacht League

Grand Prix Competition

Ballinasloe Showgrounds, the oldest show grounds in Europe, are hosting the Ballinasloe Connacht League Grand Prix Competition over the weekend of July 21st and 22nd as part of the Ballinasloe July Show.  Horse and Pony competitions will take place over the two days with the Connacht League Grand Prix Competition taking place on the Sunday.


With a prize fund for the Connacht League Grand Prix Competition of €3,000, the competition is sure to be hotly contested by the League Table Leaders.  Current Table Leaders are:  1.  Michael Duffy, 2.  Jessica Burke, 3.  Michael Duffy, 4. Damien Griffen, 5 & 6 Gabriel Slattery.


The Ballinasloe July Show is the one of a number of shows taking place in Ballinasloe Showgrounds over the course of the year.  Show jumpers and spectators will be excited to hear of the revival of the October Show.  Ballinasloe Showgrounds will host the Connacht Showjumping Championships over the four day period of the show from Thursday, 4th October to Sunday, 7th October.  One of the most sensational competitions to take place over the October Show will be the Final of the Connaught Grand Prix Autumn Series.  Information on a number of upcoming events in relation to the October Show will be made available over the coming months.  Summertime will also see the Ballinasloe Showgrounds hosts the July Grand Prix Show over a two day period on Saturday, 21st  and Sunday, 22nd Speaking on the new developments for Ballinasloe Showgrounds Vice-Chairman Cathal Gibbons says “we’re looking forward to welcoming competitors and spectators to the Ballinasloe July Show which will take place over the 21st and 22nd of July.  There is a great degree of interest in the competitions as they include the Connacht League Grand Prix which will be hotly contested by the current leaders.” Entry to the Ballinasloe July Show is free with a free BBQ and music in the showgrounds on Saturday evening.  Entries are currently being received by the secretary of Ballinasloe Showgrounds for both the July and October Shows.  Entry forms are available to download on  For further information and information regarding entries telephone 090 964 2266 or e-mail

Ballinasloe Show News




The July Show Jumping takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2012.

This is the first show we are running this year and a big effort will have to be made to make it a success.

It is important that all members put in a big effort on those two days and come in to help on the days of the show.

It is also important that members either get a sponsor for one hundred euro’s or pay it themselves, to help with the sponsorship for the July show.


A committee meeting will be held on Tuesday the 17th July in Gullanes Hotel at 9 o’clock.


Appointment of stewards and putting up the jumps on the days before the show will take place on this night.  It is very important that everyone turns up at this meeting as it is the best fund raising show that we have.


The Agricultural Show takes place on Saturday 29th September 2012.  Preparation for this show will have to take place as soon as the show jumping day is over. New ideas are very welcome in any way that the Agricultural Show can be made more attractive to the general public.


The country fair day and the following day of show jumping will take place on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2012. A lot of preparation will have to go in to organising of these days.

On the Saturday the 6th October a Food Hall, competitions for Vegetables, Baking, Children’s Art is been organised with two All Ireland Finals in Connemara Ponies and the All Ireland Donkey Final as well as a Donkey Derby, Showjumping and other side attractions.

Sunday 7th will be all Showjumping, with the Connacht Final Grand Prix taking place.


Also the parking in the show grounds on Sunday 30th September and Monday 1st October 2012 will have to be organised, as this is our main fund raiser for the year.



A big effort will have to be made this year to collect sponsorship for the Agricultural Show, as it is very difficult to get sponsorship in the town with all the business that have closed down since last year. Every effort will be made to get sponsorship from outside the town.


A big effort to attract new members into the show is to be made this year, as more help will be most welcome in the running this large programme that is planned for this year. Men and Woman any age is most welcome even if they can come in on one day of the show.