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.