byEditorial Staff| Aug 23, 2017
It turns out, the man behind one of the sturdiest horse blankets on the market (it’s called Rambo, after all) knows a thing or two about hanging tough. At age 66, Horseware Ireland’s Tom MacGuinness not only completed the 160 km/99.4 mile FEI European Endurance Championship, he finished in 11th place in a top-class field of 85 aboard his nine-year-old chestnut gelding, Sasha D’Allais.
Held at the Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels, Belgium, the race lasted more than 12 hours, traversing through woodland paths and open grass fields. MacGuinness, who founded Horseware with his wife Carol in Dundalk, Ireland in 1985, has a background in eventing, show jumping, and polo. In 2013, he took up endurance racing at age 60, earning strong performances in his 25 subsequent starts, and placing in a series of races from 80km – 160km in length. In 2014, he even representing Ireland at the World Equestrian Games.
“This was my first European Championship and was a complete unknown. I am absolutely thrilled with my result on a relatively young horse,” MacGuinness said. “The going was quite deep and it rained solid for the last two loops, but it was incredibly enjoyable.
“I am so pleased with Sasha and am really looking forward to representing Ireland in the World Equestrian Games next year.”