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Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Drones have emerged as a new men­ace for those hold­ing events in­volv­ing live­stock and blood­stock, af­ter a racehorse was struck by a drone in the pa­rade ring at last week’s Kil­lar­ney Races.

Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Author­ity (IAA) rules stip­u­late that drones (small un­manned air­craft) can­not be flown in a neg­li­gent or reck­less man­ner, so as to en­dan­ger the life or prop­erty of oth­ers, or over an as­sem­bly of peo­ple.

The drone at Kil­lar­ney Races briefly landed on St Kil­lenagh, a 33 to 1 out­sider in last Tues­day’s Ir­ish Stal­lion Farms EBF steeple­chase. The horse’s trainer, Keith Wat­son, from Co Ar­magh, said he re­ceived a kick from St Kil­lenagh’s front leg when the horse was spooked by the drone, and he linked the in­ci­dent to the poor per­for­mance of St Kil­lenagh when the race started shortly af­ter­wards. Turf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive De­nis Egan was quoted in the Rac­ing Post news­pa­per: “A drone shouldn’t have been there, but the guy con­cerned didn’t know what he was do­ing. We spoke to him and he folded the thing up straight away and apol­o­gised.” The IAA has an­nounced a re­stric­tion on the fly­ing of air­craft, in­clud­ing small un­manned air­craft near Gal­way Race­course dur­ing next week’s rac­ing fes­ti­val, but the rea­son is to en­sure the safety of air­craft op­er­at­ing into and out of The race­course. “Op­er­a­tors of drones and model air­craft must fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the rules re­gard­ing these air­craft, to en­sure they don’t en­dan­ger other airspace users or peo­ple,” ac­cord­ing to the IAA.

As drones be­come more com­mon­place, they could present a dan­ger at events and shows in­volv­ing live­stock or blood­stock.

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