The death has occurred of Irish showjumping legend Col. Billy Ringrose, who had been in ill health for some time.

The 89-year-old had been a star of the showjumping scene in Ireland during the 1950s and '60s, going on to become one of only two men to win the Aga Khan as a rider and as the Irish Chef d'Equipe.

He competed at two Olympics and won six international show jumping Grands Prix as well as seven Nations Cup team events.

Along with Diana Conolly-Carew, Seamus Hayes and Tommy Wade he was on the first Army-civilian Irish team to win the Aga Khan Cup in 1963. 

He won a second Aga Khan in '67 and went on to manage the legendary team of Paul Darragh, James Kernan, Eddie Macken and Capt. Con Power, who won three Aga Khan Cups in a row between 1977 and 1979.