Holly (13) and Mia Stel (10), Piltown during the Iverk Show last summer. PICTURE: PAT MOORE
Iverk Cattle and Horse Classes are on the increase as the famous 'Piltown Show' gears up for another great year.
There are a total of 56 cattle classes on offer this year at the Iverk Show up from 52 last year. They will be a major attraction to all cattle breeders and exhibitors throughout the country when the show is held in South Kilkenny on Saturday, August 25.
The total cattle prize fund has also been increased and amounts to a massive €46,990. Of this, €23,500 will be awarded in the Irish Angus sections.
The main cattle highlight will be the finals of the Irish Angus Bull Calf Championship. The qualifiers come from 15 other shows around the country to compete for the three different age national Irish Angus Bull calf titles of 2018.
Along with the additional Irish Angus Bull calf class, the Simmental breed makes a comeback with four different classes.
Other highlights will be €1,500 prize money in the Maid of Glanbia class, €1,500 in the pure Friesian cow, €1,700 for any dairy breed and €1,800 in the beef bullock class.
A further new attraction will be the finals of the Kilkenny County Macra-na-Feirme stock judging competitions in both the cattle and sheep sections.
Iverk Show is delighted to welcome two new competition finals to the horse section of the show on the 25th August. They are the All Ireland Thoroughbred Horse Working Hunter final and the Kerry Bog Pony brood mare final.
Over the years there have been show classes for thoroughbred horses. In fact, as far back as 1964, two premiums valued £25 each, were given by the Irish National Stud for thoroughbred mares. They were awarded to Mr. W. J. Pilsworth, Thomastown and to Mr. Tom Walsh, Mullinavat.
The Thoroughbred final carries a prize fund of €3,000, is sponsored by Horserail and run in association with Racehorse to Riding Horse Ireland.
The second new final is the Kerry Bog Pony Society’s mare championship. This certainly is the very first time Iverk has had classes for these ponies.
The Kerry Bog Pony is a small sturdy Native Breed that originating in South Kerry but is now found in small numbers all around Ireland.
The Kerry Bog Pony is approximately 110cm high. It comes in a variety of whole colours with chestnut and bay being very common. It is an extremely hardy pony.
This rare breed is an ideal family pony. Generations of use on small farms have produced a pony of calm temperament, willing and able to perform in a wide number of disciplines. It is ideal for lead rein and first ridden classes and can take a competent child jumping and cross country. They also make excellent driving ponies.
Full details of all Iverk classes can be found on the Iverk Show website www.iverkshow.ie.