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The Killyleagh Show prides itself on being a family friendly show that also offers high class jumping and working hunter courses for the serious competitor. Often used as a warm up for Balmoral our working hunter track has received many compliments over the years and brings riders back year on year to test themselves and their horses.


Our pony classes are extremely popular and we offer a wide variety of classes to suit the full spectrum of ponies and riders.


Every year we have a selection of vendors setup next to our rings so when you have had enough of the action you can grab some ice-cream, chips or maybe something completely different!


It remains of utmost importance that our show is community spirited and that above all people have fun and feel it was a grand day out. We make every effort to ensure this but if you have any suggestions please let us know.


We look forward to seeing you on the day.


This year the Killyleagh Show will be supporting Air Ambulance Northern Ireland by donating a portion of their proceeds to the charity. We will also have volunteer donation collectors at the showgrounds so please give generously.

Farewell to a Friend

It was with enormous sadness that the Killyleagh Show learnt of the passing of committee member Patrick McIlhone.


Pat, who was born on March 17, 1968, was one of the great characters of Killyleagh and had a life-long passion for all things equestrian.


His father, Sean, was a keen horseman and, growing up in that environment, Pat developed a love of horses as a child which was to stay with him for the rest of his life. He was both gifted and patient when handling and working with horses of different temperaments.  As a result, his expertise was often called upon.


He also went to the trouble of creating a small cross-country course beside his home so that others could enjoy the sport and be guided by his knowledge and talent. Pat rode with Killultagh Old Rock and Chichester Harriers and the East Down Hunt on many occasions.



Pat was skilled in making jumps and fences for friends and neighbours, as well as for the Killyleagh Show. His trademark keyhole jump was the centre-piece in the working hunter classes. Every year he freely donated his jumps and helped setup the working hunter course.


To commemerate a lost friend the show committee commissioned a new memorial cup for Pat that is presented to the winner of the Novice Horse Working Hunter. We look forward to awarding it for many years to come to remember this special man.

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