Eddie Macken and the great Boomerang jumping in the 1977 Nations Cup at the RDS Dublin for the Aga Khan trophy (Photo: RDS Archives)
The Moment: Eddie Macken and Boomerang helping Ireland win Nations Cup
The Year: 1977
The names of star show jumper Eddie Macken and his famous horse, Boomerang, will always be synonymous with and revered in Granard, County Longford.
Macken and Boomerang were a key combination in Ireland’s three-in-a-row Aga Khan winning quartet of 1977 to 1979, and it is these heroics, particularly in ‘77, that provide us with the third of our ten most memorable Longford sporting moments.
The late Paul Darragh on ‘Heather Honey’, James Kernan on ‘Condy’, and Captain Con Power on ‘Coolronan’, ‘Castle Park’ and ‘Rockbarton’, completed the quartet which is widely regarded as the most talented Irish showjumping team ever assembled.
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Eddie Macken was born on October 20, 1949 and he won a record four consecutive Hickstead Derby wins (1976 to '79), two individual silver medals at the Show Jumping World Championships, 1974 with Pele and 1978 on Boomerang, and an individual silver medal at the 1977 European Championships with Pele.
Macken captured numerous major Grand Prix titles worldwide, many in partnership with his Irish bred gelding, Boomerang.
From Macken's first rides with Boomerang as a four-year-old in 1970, the pair blazed a trail of wins that lasted a decade.
Macken represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in 1992 Barcelona (on Welfrenkone finishing 75th individually – team 14th) and in 1996 Atlanta (on Schalkaar finishing 37th individually – team 8th),and as team trainer in 2004 (Athens).
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