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One of the legends of Irish Showjumping, Colonel Billy Ringrose, died at the age of 89.
Colonel Ringrose was one of the country's most successful pilots in the 1950s and 1960s, before becoming the team leader of the Aga Khan team.
In 1961, then captain Billy Ringrose and Loch an Easpaig won the Grand Prix in Nice and the Grand Prix in Rome within a month. He competed in two Olympic Games (Stockholm, 1956, with Liffey Valley and Rome, 1960, with Loch an Easpaig), won six individual international Grand Prix and seven Nations Cup team events.
The Dublin pilot was a member of the first mixed civilian team in the Irish army to win the Aga Khan Cup in 1963, along with Diana Conolly-Carew, Séamus Hayes and Tommy Wade.
Billy Ringrose is the only driver to win the Grand Prix in the four shows of the American tour: Washington DC, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Madison Square Garden in New York and Toronto Winter Fair.
Later, Ringrose became Commander of the Army Riding School at McKee Barracks in Dublin and Chief of Staff for the Irish team. Following the victory of Paul Darragh's Irish team, James Kernan, Eddie Macken and Captain Con Power in 1977, when managed by Seán Daly, Billy Ringrose took charge in 1978 and helped complete his famous three consecutive Aga Khan victories in 1979.
When he later became president of the RDS (1998-2001), he had the honor of presenting the Aga Khan trophy to the winner of the Irish Chef d'Equipe, having previously conquered himself as a pilot and as an Irish chef of the d & # 39; ;Team.
In 2017, Ringrose's son Fergal published a 280-page memoir about his father's life and equestrian career, Billy Ringrose – My father's memoir.
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy paid tribute to a legend of the show jumping, stating:
“On behalf of everyone at Horse Sport Ireland, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colonel Billy Ringrose, who was one of the great names in the Irish Show Jumping. His career as a pilot and later as a Chef d '# 39; Team was excellent and he earned the respect of everyone he met, not only for his sporting excellence, but as a true gentleman. "