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Sunday 25 August 2019

300 riders mount up for cross-country trial

THE FIELDS and hills around Ballindaggin were alive with the sound of horses on Sunday as the third annual cross-country trail took place in aid of the local community centre.

More than three hundred riders and their mounts arrived to enjoy the course through the townlands of Wheelagower, Booladurragh and Ballinacoola, with the blessing of landholders. The route also took participants up close to the turbines of the spectacular new wind farm.

The annual event, now into its third year, attracted record numbers this time despite the threat of rain. It is the brainchild of Claire Byrne and Noel O'Donovan who were supported by a team of course builders, stewards and caterers.

Riders from as young as six years of age up to those in their seventies turned out for the occasion, many of them happy to complete the circuit without tackling any of the jumps built using a range of materials that included timber, barrels, tyres and hedging.

Among the participants who happily braved the showers were many family groups as well as parties from riding schools.

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