Perth man still riding horses at age 101
Published Friday, June 22, 2012 6:17PM EDT
Bill Monovan has spent more than 20 years of his life riding horses at a pasture in Perth.
He spent his first 80-some years having little experience riding them.
Monovan was born in October 1910 and lived through the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
Almost every day, he drives to the pasture about 45 minutes west of Ottawa to ride his horse Max.
“I lost my wife Marian ten years ago,” he said. “If not for horses I’d be in an old-folk’s home.”
Monovan competes in a very technical discipline called Western riding and said he does it without aches and pains.
"When you're in the saddle on the horse, you're halfway to heaven," he said. ‘It has been my life . . . without it I would be dead.”
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Terry Marcotte