Childhood friends Susan Oakes and Barry O'Brien Lynch become first Irish team to win major skijoring event. The Meath couple beat 50 competitors in the Skijordue Festival in Calgary, Canada.

In a win reminiscent of the famous Cool Runnings Jamaican bobsled team, the Co Meath couple scooped the prestigious feature sprint race in the Skijordue Festival in Calgary, Canada.

Skijoring is North America’s fasting growing winter sport and consists of a horse pulling a skier over obstacles through the snow at breakneck speeds of up to 65km per hour.

Accomplished horse rider Susan Oakes, 37, and her best friend, 40-year-old Barry O’Brien Lynch, from Navan, won the two-and-a-half furlong event against 50 competitors – mainly from the US and Canada – over four heats.