Dog Training, Obedience, Rally and Agility Northern Ireland

History of the Patch

The Patch is owned and managed by Ronnie McAleese MBE who holds the unique distinction of being the first person from Northern Ireland to win a place on the Team GB Agility Team. 

In the early 1990s The Patch was a half acre field on the corner of Ballyrainey Road, near Comber, which Ronnie initially set up for his own amusement . It wasn’t long , however , before others started to come along to be trained by him.  From these humble beginnings, The Patch started to grow, and within a couple of years a larger facility became necessary.  A move further down the Ballyrainey Road to a 1 acre site provided the answer, allowing for a competition-size ring and a car park.

By 2005 it became clear that this too had been outgrown, and so work was commissioned on an adjacent 3 acre site.  This purpose built facility- which was  opened in January 2006 included room for three competition rings, a larger car park and space for a generous exercise area.

During 2014 facilities were greatly enhanced as a result of a major grant from Down Rural Area Partnership . These facilities included a portacabin (with toilets , classrooms , kitchen and WIFI facilities) and outside first class floodlights were added.