Shergar rides again!

35 years ago, the IRA kidnapped one of the greatest Irish race horses of all time and demanded 2 million pounds in ransom.  Unable to collect, the horse was killed and later a movie was made chronicling the event.

In the Devon countryside is an amusement park based on a sheep and farm animal theme. It was only a few miles down the road and they advertised the ability to bet on “sheep” races, how could we resist!

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The whole place was dripping in bad sheep puns (ewe knew it would be…).  They strapped sheep dolls to the back of these woolly runners and we could pick a winner for a pound wager.  Of course, I bet on “Sheargar” wearing the green and cheered wildly.  I had no doubt of the righteousness of this choice, and soon the rest of the crowd learned of the dangers of betting against the Irish in a sheep race…Sheargar won!  I got my picture taken with the winning jockey and a crazy announcer in the winner’s circle!

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The luck of the Irish continues and Sheargar rides again…. I love the local culture!  Full immersion sabbatical.

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tcasey

I am a professor of Political Science at Colorado Mesa University on sabbatical in the fall semester 2018. I study public land policy and a wide variety of other subjects. Currently I am studying about European Landscape Policies while on sabbatical. That is the focus of this blog.

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