Paralysed jockey Robbie McNamara returns to saddle and sets sight on training career
Published 26/07/2015 | 13:08
Inspirational jockey Robbie McNamara has returned to the saddle just months after a fall that left him with no movement from the waist down.
McNamara got back up on a horse for the first time at the Festina Lente Equestrian Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow on Friday.
Didn't think I'd see this sight again pic.twitter.com/pYPG56lsq0— Robbie McNamara (@RobbiepMcN) July 24, 2015
The hugely popular figure in racing is still recovering from his life-saving surgery following a fall at Wexford in April.
Despite his adversities, McNamara plans to leave the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoighaire in September before beginning a career in training.
“The goal is get out of here, get working,” he said in an interview with the Racing Post. “That’s the long-term goal: get back to my life. You ask anyone five years ago whether if I had a choice between riding and training and they’d tell you that I’d have given up riding in the morning – training was always what I wanted to do.
“I know I’m not going to start off with any €200,000 horses in the yard, so I’ve got to be realistic. I’ll base myself in the Curragh to begin with but if I could get up to a certain number I could move home to Limerick and do it up, there’s 35 or so stables at home at the minute.
“I know I was lucky in my career to be able to ride out in Dermot Weld’s, in Jessie’s, in Willie’s. From day one I wanted to be a trainer so I’ve always kept my eyes open and tried to learn how different trainers do things.”