RAIN NO WORRY: Charlotte Head, Jacob Clay, James Clay and Amelia Head at a 2013’s Killarney Show.
RAIN NO WORRY: Charlotte Head, Jacob Clay, James Clay and Amelia Head at a 2013’s Killarney Show.

Rain can’t dampen excitement for Killarney Show

FOR the first time in many years, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky at the 2019 annual Killarney Show.

The event, usually characterised by deluge and drizzle had become the latest casualty of drought.

While organisers were happy to wrangle in a bigger crowd, secretary Natalie McCauley admitted it had left an abnormal atmosphere on the showgrounds.

“It was very unusual,” Ms McCauley said.

“If there’s not a full-on downpour, there’s at least a mist about.

But things look to return to normal this weekend, with this year’s show receiving a delightful deluge just in time.

“It’s been amazing — our grounds look wonderful. You look to the hills and just see the green and it lifts your soul,” Ms McCauley said.

The wet weather also had another unexpected virtue in that it may lead to a stronger showjumping crowd.

“We could see an increase in horse numbers and showjumping because Allora and Clifton didn’t have any showjumping at all. It should be better than in the past,” she said.

“People are trying to get into get qualifying events so they will be looking around and hopefully supporting our show.”

Ms McCauley said organisers would rely on their usual ‘plan B’ if a washout became likely over the weekend.

“We’re always aware of our ground, and of the parking and vendors coming in,” she said.

“We are aware of it but there’s nothing we can do to control it.

“We have a show circuit and follow it.

This is our weekend, we’ve been doing it for 107 years, we can keep managing it.”