Unique race to get underway between stalwarts of Republic’s equine sector

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CHALLENGE: Tony Ennis, chairman of the Association of Irish Riding Clubs, instigated ‘The Great Race’ during a telephone conversation with Faith. (FW21-503NN)

FAITH Ponsonby (FEI dressage judge) and Tony Ennis (Association of Irish Riding Clubs’ chairman) are to go head to head over a unique race lthis weekend to raise funds for front line workers in the Republic.

‘The Great Race’, as it has been labelled, will take place on Sunday, May 24, starting at 11am where they will compete over a five-kilometre distance at separate locations.

READY FOR THE OFF: Faith Ponsonby, FEI dressage judge, will take part in a unique race this weekend. (FW21-502NN)

Faith Ponsonby, who will compete side-saddle, will race from her home near Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary and will be assisted by her husband Peter, while Tony Ennis, who will wear light blue and yellow stars racing colours, will undertake the challenge from his home in Cloghmoyle near Shinrone, Co. Offaly.

The challenge was instigated by Tony during a phone conversation with Faith, who was only delighted to take up the challenge.

Both are involved in many different equestrian organisations, including the Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC) and the Irish Pony Club and they want to salute the Health Service and all front line workers, many of whom are AIRC members who are keeping the country moving in these challenging times.

Proceeds of this race will go to the staff at St James Hospital, Dublin; Tullamore Regional Hospital, Carlow; Kilkenny Home Care; St Marys Nursing Home, Mullingar and Ealga Lodge Nursing Home, Shinrone.

Donations can be made on Go Fund Me: www.gofundme.com

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