Floods force Clogher Valley Show to cancel equestrian section

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Heavy rain in South Tyrone has forced the organisers of the popular Clogher Valley Show to cancel some events.

Due to one of the main fields being flooded the organisers cancelled the horse and pony events but the rest of the show went ahead as planned on Wednesday.

The popular mid-week show is held just on the fringe of Augher village in Co Tyrone and is attended by thousands of people annually.

However, the inclement weather had forced the casualty of the equestrian section this year.

Ruth Montgomery is the secretary of organisers, Clogher Valley Agricultural Society. She said: “The chairman and the committee have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the horse and pony section.

“They are normally held in a 15 acre field but it is under water and is too dangerous to hold any events in.”

Up to 1,000 horse and pony entries would normally have been entered in this section of the show.

The organisers may also have to fix a new date for the National Pony Society championships which are decided at the Clogher Valley Show.

Entries for the horse and pony section come from all over Ireland and the Show officials were anxious to get in touch with those who had previously entered to inform them of the cancellation.