FIFTY YEARS AGO Thursday October 24, 1968
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.