Longford's James Whyte joins Army Equitation School

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James Whyte has joined the Army Equitation School

Longford's Second Lieutenant James Whyte has joined the Army Equitation School.

Legan native James is well known on the equestrian scene and regularly represented Longford Pony Club and the Irish Pony Club at various show jumping events.

The twenty-year old is the son of Gerry and Martina Whyte.

He was studying mechanical engineering in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) prior to being awarded his equitation cadetship and his interests include horse riding, Gaelic football and running.

A former student of Ballymahon Vocational School, James was one of two new officers to join the Army Equitation School, alongside 2nd Lt Adam Benson Byrne from Wicklow.

During his time at Ballymahon VS, James was part of a team from the school that competed at Hickstead in 2012.

James and Adam will both join the Irish Army Equitation School, having completed their 15 month cadetship in the 93rd cadet class.

The commissioning ceremony was the largest in the history of the Irish Defence Forces with 68 new army officers, 2 Air Corps officers and eight Maltese officers receiving their military commissions.