A member of Longford Harriers has turned out to be an online hit after his horse plunged him into the Royal Canal.
Twenty five-year-old Terry Whyte was taking part in a regular cross-country run along the banks of the Royal Canal near Kenagh when the group found its path blocked by a small boat.
The riders decided to jump over the obstacle but Terry, who was riding a four-year-old Irish sport horse called Buddy, got more than he bargained for when his turn came around.
“He’s a very honest horse, but he took a dislike of the boat for whatever reason, and the next thing I found myself swimming for the bank,” he told the Longford leader.
With Buddy swimming away from him, the huntsman was left with no option but to swim to shore under his own power.
“Some other members were on the bank and they helped to pull me out,” he explained.
Unperturbed by the experience, Terry hopped straight back onto the saddle.
“I was given a dry jacket and I got back up on the horse, and the run went on for another hour or so,” he revealed.
The incident was caught on camera and it was posted online, where it soon captured the imagination of several social media users.
“Lorna Foster from Kenagh was there and she filmed it and uploaded the video to Facebook,” Terry, a son of Ardagh native Pat Whyte,” said.
And It wasn’t long before the footage of the comical incident came to the attention of major websites such as the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, and Joe.ie. The video has now been viewed over 1.5 million times.
“I’ve been getting lots of messages and questions,” Terry he added.
Despite his soaking, Terry insists he has not fallen out with Buddy, and he was back riding the horse, which is owned and bred by his uncle Tom, last weekend.
“I’m hoping myself and Buddy will be more successful if we ever come across another obstacle like that again,” he laughed.