Lawrence (71) proves age is no barrier to win Sligo Show Jumping event

Lawrence (71) proves age is no barrier to win Sligo Show Jumping event
A 71 year old Falcarragh man, who took up horse riding just five years ago, proved age was no barrier at an event in Sligo where he won one of the top events.

A 71 year old Falcarragh man, who took up horse riding just five years ago, proved age was no barrier at an event in Sligo where he won one of the top events.

Retired teacher, Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh, Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club, who will be 72 next month, rode clear on Jenny’s Jigsaw in 91.5 seconds, which was the fastest time.

At the Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC) Masters Series Show Jumping Qualifier at Tubberbride Equestrian Centre, Sligo, several show jumpers from Donegal did very well.

Charlie Vial, Tirconaill Riding Club, qualified for the Final in Mullingar in September by taking the 3rd spot in Intermediate grade. Patricia Warren, Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club, riding The Colourado Kid, was placed 2nd in the Advanced Intermediate Grade, and Cormac McCormack, Letterkenny Riding Club came 6th in the same grade: both riders qualified for the Final.

Warren had previously qualified by winning the Mullingar Qualifier on her other horse, He’s a Dandy.