The first Gold Medal & Diploma was won in 2000 by Murphy & Martin of Cookstown with Billy’s Pride, followed in 2001 by Speirs & Campbell of Cookstown with Tommie Girl and Alan Darragh with Golden Dreams. Only five have been won up to 2009, that includes B & M Gilmore who collected the major award in 2008 with “Champion Easton Gold” and Alan Darragh from Cullybackey holds the premier place with two. We missed out in the 2009 season, Sam Corrigan won with Champion Blue Boy in 2010 and we had two winners in both 2011 and 2012. In 2011 wins for the East Antrim loft of Elliott Bros Carrick & Dist and Champion Miss Consistence won for B McNeice & Sons of Lurgan Soc with positions including 4th & 7th Open NIPA. Two great distance lofts were added in 2012, C & L Fryers of Dromara and W G Neill of Annaghmore. Five winners in the first 10 years and although France has not moved we have had 5 in the three seasons up to 2012, a further 3 in 2013, another one for W G Neill, and just one added in 2014.
2014: Gold Medal & Gold Diploma won by – M O`Reilly & Son Lisburn & District (GB08 L-06428): 2009 – St Malo 126th Open Vel 899, 2011 – St Malo 162nd Open Vel 1206, 2013 – Portland 53rd Open Vel 1010, 2014 – St Malo 27th Open & 2nd Sect D Vel 602.
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