First woman on committee in over 100 years
FOR the first time in more than 100 years of racing at Ballybrit, a woman has been invited on to the Race Committee.
Craughwell-based trainer Pauline Gavin has broken the glass ceiling of the male-dominated committee for the first time since the popular racing began in 1869.
She has accepted an invitation to become an honourary member and is one of just five people to be appointed to the prestigious position.
Ms Gavin's late husband Colm, a renowned Galway solicitor who died only last year, had been a long-serving full member of the Race Committee.
"It's a great honour and I was delighted and very touched," Ms Gavin said.
For many years now, Ms Gavin and Lady Anne Hemphill have had the task of judging the best-turned-out horse in each race.
A noted judge of breeding and horse form, Ms Gavin says she loves her job as she could look at horses all day, if time permitted.