The Galway County Show takes place at the Brothers of Charity Grounds, Kilcornan on Saturday and Sunday.
The event will include opportunities for animals of all levels with showjumping and showing classes for horses, ponies, sheep and dogs.
It will feature a farmers’ market for the first time and helicopter rides. This year also sees disabled horse riders provide a display on Sunday afternoon.
Showjumping will take place over the weekend with show hunter and ridden pony classes taking place on Saturday. Various showjumping classes will take place throughout the day.
Qualifiers for the RDS Junior Equitation event will take place on Sunday morning. Competition spots are currently filling up with early entry recommended. The Grand Prix also takes place on Sunday with the famed event due to attract big crowds.
This year horse and pony showing classes are more extensive including three showing rings on Saturday and four on Sunday with new classes added on both days. Classes for working hunter, show hunter, side saddle and in-hand pony classes will take place on Saturday as well as the ridden and working hunter Connemara qualifiers for Oughterard.
New classes added to the catalogue include the Irish Pony Society’s Super Star Super Search League which has been launched this year. Galway has been selected as the only qualifying show in the west for the IPS Championship Show. Promising young novice ponies or small horses, 133cms. to 158cms, are recommended to be at the Galway County Show for this class on Saturday.
Sunday features the showing of young horses, Irish draught, mares and foals, ridden hunters and cobs, Connemara ponies in hand and miniature horses and ponies. Qualifiers for the RDS Breeders Championship will be one of the highlights of the horse showing classes.
The dog show has 28 classes on Sunday including puppy dog, terrier, labradors, working group dog and “Dog I Would Like to Take Home”.
The organisers describe the show as a “fantastic family day out with amusements for children of all ages. Gourmet cuisine will be available throughout the weekend. For further information telephone (087 ) 6357790 or email [email protected]