Congratulations to Angela Lyons, Mervue Laboratories sponsored rider, featured in the Evening Echo. For the full article click here.
ANGELA Lyons laughs a lot. She laughs the loudest when asked if she ever considered giving up horse riding after suffering a catastrophic fall from a pony, followed later by a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. “Giving up never entered my mind,” says the Tower woman. “It was always a case of how was I going to get back to horse riding. “I could never see myself without horses in my life. Angela, who has the distinction of being Cork and Munster’s only para equestrian rider, is hoping that local people and local businesses will get behind her fund-raising efforts as she sets out on a quest to qualify for and compete in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. Helping Angela on her Paralympic quest is her husband, Steve Lyons. “We’re very much a team,” she says. “I couldn’t do it without him. “My horse, Tommy, is very boisterous and Steve looks after him at all the shows as I couldn’t manage Tommy on the ground.”
The Paralympic Games, which will run in parallel with the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan next summer, cater for world class athletes with a disability. In order to qualify for them, Angela needs to compete in a number of prequalification events across Europe, each costing up to €2,000.
As featured on Evening Echo on 11.10.2019