Paddy Woods (b. 1930)
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Paddy Woods (b. 1930)


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Track 1: Childhood in The Common, Fairyhouse. Left school after primary education and worked with horsetrainer Dan Moore, in Fairyhouse. Went for three years to Charlie Rogers before returning to the Dan Moore stables. In 1956, started work with Tommy Dreaper at Greenogue. Discussed the training methods for horses at this time, and the owners for whom he trained horses. For more than three years, the privilege of daily riding out the famous Arkle. Track 2: Memories of the personality of the racehorse Arkle and the close association he had for such a long time with that wonderful horse. Track 3: Recalled the extraordinary ability he detected developing in Arkle over time. The sad occasion during the King George race, when Arkle fractured his pedal bone, though still managed to win the race. The tremendous efforts to rehabilitate that marvellous horse. Track 4: Discussed his retirement at the age of 40, and his continued loyalty to Tom Dreaper. Highlights of his career and his particular skill at the jumps. The challenge of setting up his own stables and training for Northern Ireland owners, including the Robinsons. Track 5: His new endeavour, being involved in the promotion of a particular type of horse feed.

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Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


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48 hours

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5.38 MB; 14.27 MB; 7.66 MB; 8.32 MB; 13.09 MB; 4.36 MB

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore