FIFTY YEARS AGO Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 24, 1968

Campbeltown Courier - - NOSTALGIA -

Olympic rider in­jured

One of the Olympic com­peti­tors in­jured in the three-day eques­trian en­durance event in Mex­ico was Miss Penny More­ton, daugh­ter of Lieu­tenant Colonel J. P. More­ton, of Sad­dell. Miss More­ton was rid­ing as a mem­ber of the Ir­ish team when she fell un­der her horse, Lough­lin, which had to be de­stroyed. Miss More­ton, who is in her thir­ties, was taken to hospi­tal with cracked ribs. Many other rid­ers were in­jured in the event and two horses were killed af­ter a thun­der­storm rolled across the course turn­ing creeks into rag­ing tor­rents. Most of the rid­ers fell at some stage and there were sev­eral bro­ken arms and col­lar bones. A French rider went un­der wa­ter and floated sev­eral yards down­stream be­fore be­ing res­cued by spec­ta­tors and his horse was dragged out side­ways by other rid­ers and Mex­i­can of­fi­cials. One of Miss More­ton’s team­mates got round with one fall be­fore col­laps­ing at the weigh-in. He had to be given oxy­gen. An­other rider with­drew af­ter fall­ing three times and the Ir­ish team was elim­i­nated. Miss More­ton, who has been work­ing in Ireland for the past 15 years, is now a na­tion­alised Ir­ish­woman.

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