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'When my horse Billy died, my daughter bought me a wedding ring with his dates engraved'

Published 28/12/2012 | 06:00

Events director and Pet Expo organiser Lesley Magill (55) from Bray, Co Wicklow, chose her horse Billy over a new life Down Under.

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"My sister emigrated to Australia and my mum and other two sisters followed her.

"The plan was that I, my husband and children would follow. But when the visas came, I realised I couldn't bear to leave my horse.

"I had him for 34 years and he was 36 when he died. My daughter bought me a wedding ring with the date I got him engraved on it and the date he died.

"I said to her: 'You know this is a wedding ring?' She said: 'You may as well have been married to him!'

"Deciding not to move was the hardest thing I've done but it was the right choice. I adored Billy and couldn't have left him behind."

Irish Independent

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