Duke of Edinburgh tires jockey on horse simulator

The Duke of Edinburgh's inquisitive nature proved tiring for a trainee jockey today when he asked for a horse simulator to be speeded up during a demonstration.

The teenage rider was left hanging on to the reins of the mechanical animal after Philip's request during a visit with the Queen to one of the world's top stud centres in Ireland.



Horses are the Queen's passion and she is a dedicated breeder and racer who sends her own mares to the National Irish Stud toured by the royal couple today.



Her familiarity with horses was revealed at one point when a nervous thoroughbred reared up on its hind legs when paraded in front of its stables.



Some of the entourage standing near her instinctively moved back but she did not flinch and the stallion was soon brought under control.



In the immaculate grounds she toured small marquees showcasing all aspects of the horseracing world, from farriers to veteran jockeys.



The stand showcasing the trainee riders particularly captured the interest of the royal couple.



Sophie Ralston, 18, was in the saddle of the simulator, nicknamed Henry by the students, riding at a steady canter until the Duke asked: "Can you vary the pace?"



The easy demonstration became a taxing ride as Brian Walsh, chief riding instructor at Ireland's Racing Academy and Centre of Education, replied: "Yes, I can get Sophie to put up the speed and give it a gallop."



The teenager, from Craughwell in County Galway, was left racing away as the royals watched.



After a few moments the Queen turned to the Epsom Derby-winning jockey Johnny Murtagh, who was part of her group, asking him if he used something similar when training.



The Irishman replied, joking: "It wasn't as high tech as that - it was a bale of straw."



The Queen inherited her love of racing and horses from her mother - an avid National Hunt racing fan - and visits the races regularly, both officially and as a private spectator.



One of the Queen's colts, Carlton House, is running in the Derby next month and is likely to start as favourite.



Hosting her visit was fellow horse breeder Lady Chryss O'Reilly, chairman of the board of the Irish National Stud, and wife of industrial magnate Sir Tony O'Reilly.



Top stables from across the world are charged thousands for their mares to breed with the stallions at the Stud, with the most expensive horse - Invincible Spirit - costing more than £50,000.



Before leaving, the Queen unveiled a sculpture by Anthony Scott, whose work is collected by celebrities such as Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis.



He had created a work based around the original private owner of the stud, Colonel William Hall-Walker, who would select foals by their horoscope.



The artist created a large hollow bronze sphere with star constellations mapped on the outside and a stylised horse figure inside.



Mr Scott said: "This idea of the colonel using horoscopes was eccentric and ridiculed at the time but I drew on it for inspiration.



"The stars in the constellation are represented by small holes on the globe so when the sun shines, the light penetrates inside, creating a dappled effect.



"The Queen looked interested and was fascinated by the work. She liked the play on words on the famous horse's name Sea the Stars for the piece, which is called Sea of Stars."



A visit to see the retired champion Irish thoroughbred colt Sea the Stars - famed for his string of victories in classic races - was the next stop for the Queen when she made a private visit to the Gilltown stud owned by the Aga Khan.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
Life and Style
fashionThe supermodel on her career, motherhood and Cara Delevingne
News
Liam Payne has attacked the media for reporting his tweet of support to Willie Robertson and the subsequent backlash from fans
peopleBut One Direction star insists he is not homophobic
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvSeries 5 opening episode attracts lowest ratings since drama began
News
i100
Life and Style
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
techNew app offers 'PG alternative' to dating services like Tinder
Sport
Greg Dyke insists he will not resign as Football Association chairman after receiving a watch worth more than £16,000 but has called for an end to the culture of gifts being given to football officials
football
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
Sport
premier league
Sport
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
Arts and Entertainment
Rachel, Chandler and Ross try to get Ross's sofa up the stairs in the famous 'Pivot!' scene
tv
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

C# asp.net Developer - West Sussex - permanent - £40k - £50k

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits package: Clearwater People Solu...

SQL Report Analyst (SSRS, CA, SQL 2012)

£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...

Project Manager (infrastructure, upgrades, rollouts)

£38000 - £45000 Per Annum + excellent benefits package: Clearwater People Solu...

Project Manager (App development, SAP, interfacing)

£50000 - £60000 Per Annum + excellent company benefits: Clearwater People Solu...

Day In a Page

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments