CAPPAMORE Show organisers jumped for joy when they got a phone call from Martinstown Stud to say they were bringing Istabraq on Saturday.
The three time Champion Hurdle winner will be paraded in the showgrounds in the afternoon.
“JP is a great supporter of Cappamore Show and Istabraq will be a major attraction,” they say. The horse was voted Ireland’s favourite horse over the last 25 years and he has a fond place in the hearts, and pockets, of Limerick people.
However, Istabraq will have a rival in the popularity stakes - Charlie Browne. It is the bullock’s 10th time at the show and through the guess his weight competition and other events tens of thousands has been raised for charity.
Agnes Coleman says Charlie is probably the oldest bullock in Ireland and definitely the oldest pet bullock.
He is owned by Cappamore parish priest, Fr Dick Browne, who reared Charlie since he was a calf. Generally bullocks end up in butchers’ shops but Fr Browne couldn’t bear to part with Charlie and 11 years later he is going strong. “Mulcair veterinary say he is in great shape, we just have to watch his feet sinking in to ground it is so wet,” said Agnes.
Indeed, Hurricane Charlie, not to mind the storm this week, wouldn’t stop Cappamore Show from going ahead. The 100 strong committee are lucky that Gleeson’s land in Portnard is on a gravel pit so it recovers from heavy rain quickly.
Cappamore Show is able to run nearly all of their 350 competition classes.
“In order to do justice to the show jumping and ensure the safest of underfoot conditions, we reluctantly decided to run with 2 show jumping arenas this year. Classes 1 through 5 have had to be set aside for 2012,” said Marie Hayes, show chairperson.
But the weather for Saturday is looking good for the many other events including cattle, horses and ponies, cookery, carriage driving, arts and crafts, cookery, vegetables, fruit, dog show, bonny baby, glamorous granny, fashion and more. Gates open this Saturday, August 18 at 9am.
See page 14 and page 18 of Leader 2 for more on the show