With the recommendations from last years National firmly put in place for the 2013 renewal on April 6th, the contract to create the new internal structures for the 2013 Grand National fences has gone to a Galway based company in Ireland.
The fences at Aintree will be created with the ‘more forgiving’ internal structures which means that the horses have less chance of injuring themselves should they crash into them as they make their way around the course.
It is most definitely a major coup for the Ballinasloe company, EasyFix which was established back in 1996 by Killimordaly native Michael Earls. He started out by developing rubber matting for slatted sheds and since then the business has gone world-wide.
The first shipment of the new fences, that were trialled during the recent Becher Chase at Aintree back in December, will be leaving Galway later this week in what has been a major success story for a company that now employs 25 people.
Ronan Boyle, head of sales and marketing, explained that EasyFix would be supplying the internal fence structure for all of the main fences including The Chair and Becher’s Brook. The only fences that they won’t be supplying are the open ditches.
It's a big ask for the company given the controversy that can occur post Grand National so let's all hope that the fences work a treat and that all of the participants – riders and horses, come back with a fantastic clean bill of health!