In a social media post this evening a spokesperson for Causeway Coast Community Show Jumpers said that due to council’s plans for future development in Portrush that the use of the bowl is under threat and they will be no longer running shows.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening Maurice Bradley MLA said – ‘It is a shame to see this facility lost to the show jumping fraternity if this is indeed the case.
As a former member of Coleraine Borough Council, there was a much speculation of a second football pitch in the area, again to the detriment of the show jumpers. However, the bowl was found to be too small and has been used ever since. It is the end of an era.
The organisers must be devastated. It was extremely well supported, attracted large crowds who in turn used the local shops and local facilities. Every show was a family day out.
This bowl is a unique facility for Horse Jumping. A sandy but firm base, easy access and a natural arena, it has everything. How the organisers will ever find a suitable replacement venue is beyond me. Unfortunately, progress has a price, and in this instance, I fear the price is the end of show jumping on Portrush.’
A spokesperson for Causeway Coast Community Show Jumpers said ‘Sadly we have to announce that that Causeway Coast Community Show Jumpers will no longer be running shows.
The Bowl Arena may be in the council’s plans for future development in Portrush. It would not be possible to get another venue to measure up to the unique character of The Bowl arena, with its brilliant grass jumping surface, ring side lorry and trailer parking and spectator areas (both ring side and from grassy banks overlooking the arena).
The proximity to other attractions in Portrush was also a plus for many of our competitors and their families; the beaches, Barry’s amusements, Morelli’s ice cream and local restaurants to name just a few!
The special atmosphere at our shows was always appreciated by the competitors and their young horses were always better educated after a visit to The Bowl!
Since 1985 the CCCS have put on up to 5 shows every spring time and in the 33 years of operating, have donated almost £50,000 to charities. Billy and I would like to once again thank all the helpers and volunteers over the years who have assisted in putting on the shows.
So much work behind the scenes that goes unnoticed but without which the show jumping would not take place. Local farmers who help maintain the ground, volunteers who do ground repairs after the jumping, helpers to set up the fences and pack them away again, friends who bring and set up the caravans and judges box and the ladies who provide refreshments for judges, sponsors, workers and life long supporters of CCCS.
On the day of a show another band of helpers sourced from local equestrians, Route Hunt branch of The Pony Club and Bann Valley Riding Club, appear on site, to lend a hand with the more noticeable tasks such as fence stewards, starters, assistant course builders and judges.
A celebration lunch for our helpers and friends was held recently and a photo album of pictures old and new was presented to Billy.
CCCS will continue to support SJI and local equestrians in other ways and we wish all our friends and supporters every success in the future’