Olympians set sights on 2012

Bray People - - News -

MEM­BERS of the Spe­cial Olympics rid­ing club at Fes­tine Lente have been com­pet­ing re­cently, with two com­pe­ti­tions in as many weeks - one for chil­dren and one for adults.

To make it even more spe­cial for the com­peti­tors, fam­ily mem­bers came along to cheer them on as they took part in the rid­ing chal­lenges.

There were 13 adults tak­ing part in the adult sec­tion, while 12 chil­dren com­peted the week be­fore that. Some of the mem­bers of the club are reg­u­lar at­ten­dees at Fes­tine Lente while oth­ers go to Sun­beam House.

They all ride at least once a week, and thor­oughly en­joy the chance to put their skills into prac­tice while at the same time they are pre­par­ing for the 2012 Spe­cial Olympics.

‘They are judged on how they turn out both them­selves and their horses as well as their eques­trian skills,’ said a mem­ber of staff.

Win­ners in­cluded Jonathan Kilpatrick in the in­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion and Liz Mair in ad­vanced. The Spe­cial Olympics com­peti­tors are or­gan­ised by staff mem­bers Clodagh Carey, Zoe Dixon and Ann Con­dron.

El­iz­a­beth Mair and Paddy.

Luke Cam­pion and Chris King with Ju­manji.

Gar­van O’Dwyer on Mor­ris.

Jonathan Kilpatrick on Meg.

Deirdre Marsh on Henry.

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