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Age is just a number to veteran horsewoman Mary MacQuarrie

Veteran horsewoman Mary MacQuarrie

 May 5, 2021

-by Bill Dunphy

    Mary MacQuarrie laughs at the suggestion she’s the most photographed woman in Inverness.
    “There’s lots of photos, that’s for sure, though I don’t know what the fuss is.”
    Well, it’s not every day you get to see an 84-year-old woman (she’ll be 85 on Oct. 9), dressed in harness racing silks, slowly making her way through the back streets of Inverness on her sulky, guiding her horse to Inverness Raceway for a training session.
    But for Mary, that’s a normal day, just as it has been for more than 60 years when she married her now-deceased husband, Allister, in 1960.
    “If I quit that then what would I do? I’d be stuck in the house. I love the fresh air. You go up to the track and nothing can bother you,” she said in an interview on Sunday.
    Mary grew up on Mount Young, the daughter of Louie and Denise Smith.

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