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Equestrian Centre makes €1,615 donation to Boyne Fishermen

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Pictured at the presentation of a cheque for €1,615 by Piperstown Equestrian Centre to the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service were (from left) Eugene Bodie Branigan, Jason Clarke, Jean Smith, Robbie Farrell, Brian Smith and Victoria Smith. On the horse are (from left): Darren Connell on Franky, Chloe Duff on Titan, Louise O'Connell on Smokey and Sophia Johnson on Madison. Photo: Andy Spearman

Pictured at the presentation of a cheque for €1,615 by Piperstown Equestrian Centre to the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service were (from left) Eugene Bodie Branigan, Jason Clarke, Jean Smith, Robbie Farrell, Brian Smith and Victoria Smith. On the horse are (from left): Darren Connell on Franky, Chloe Duff on Titan, Louise O'Connell on Smokey and Sophia Johnson on Madison. Photo: Andy Spearman

Pictured at the presentation of a cheque for €1,615 by Piperstown Equestrian Centre to the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service were (from left) Eugene Bodie Branigan, Jason Clarke, Jean Smith, Robbie Farrell, Brian Smith and Victoria Smith. On the horse are (from left): Darren Connell on Franky, Chloe Duff on Titan, Louise O'Connell on Smokey and Sophia Johnson on Madison. Photo: Andy Spearman

Looking after a horse isn't easy, and it was doubly hard for people during a pandemic, but even though they had to close the riding school, the owners of the Piperstown Equestrian Centre knew their equine customers would still need their services.

While Jean and Brian Smith only charged a nominal fee to allow people to use their cross-country course to exercise and care for their horses, they didn't keep it for themselves.

Instead, they decided they would donate the proceeds towards the services of the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service, and last Tuesday, some of their horses and owners visited the Boyne Fishermen's boathouse on the Marsh Road in Drogheda.

While there, they presented a cheque for €1,615 raised at the Equestrian centre over the last five weeks.

'Brian and Jean are great supporters of the BFRRS and over the years we have worked together on events and we even successfully rescued two horses for Brian who got into difficulty in swamp and mud water areas' explains Jason Clarke from the rescue service. 'It's great to be acknowledged and supported by local businesses for the work we do in the community and we would like to thanks Brian and all the crew at Piperstown for their generosity'.

The Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service provides a 24 hour emergency rescue service along the River Boyne, 365 days a year. Search and recovery services are also provided to people who have lost loved ones throughout the waterways in the Island of Ireland. You can make a donation through their website www.boynefishermensrescue.ie.

Drogheda Independent