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Ulster horseman Aaron McCusker lands top international award

A 36-year-old Lurgan horseman is one of three recipients of an international equestrian bursary worth €5,000.

Aaron McCusker from the Meadows Equestrian Centre travelled to Tattersalls International Horse Trials, Fairyhouse this week to receive The George Mernagh Bursary, one of three being presented for 2015.

McCusker, who is the current showjumping course designer for Eventing Ireland Northern Region Horse Trials, was recently upgraded to Senior National Course Designer with Showjumping Ireland and is also a Level Two Horsesport Ireland trainer.

A son of Hugh and Judy McCusker, he has competed for over 20 years and won many Balmoral and Dublin Show hunter titles.

McCusker will spend his bursary on gaining more experience and seeing different concepts in course building abroad.

McCusker's ambition is to become an FEI International Course designer and he will travel to international shows and events as an assistant.

FEI seminars and training courses will be on his itinerary thanks to the bursary award.

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