Harty, Cyril Bold (1898–1970), show jumper, was born in July 1898 at Glebe House, Fedamore, Co. Limerick, sixth child of Michael Harty, former jockey, and Irene Henrietta Harty (née Hunt). Educated locally, he entered the Free State army in March 1923 as a lieutenant. He was by this time an accomplished national hunt rider, and as a result became the first instructor in the equestrian school in McKee Barracks, Dublin. In 1926 he formed part of the first army show jumping team, and in August 1927 at the RDS horse show he won the first international competition in the Puissance with An Craobh Rua. In total he won twelve international competitions and four Nations Cups.
In 1930 Col. Paul Rodzianko removed him from the army team on the grounds that he was more of a national hunt rider than a show jumper. Although he was ranked second in the world championship in Chicago in the late 1930s, Harty never resumed his position as a first-class rider on the team. He still remained active in the equestrian school, and retired from the army with the rank of captain. He later moved to Springfield House, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, and took up farming. Along with his sons, Eddie, ‘Buster’, and John, he began training horses under Irish National Hunt rules with great success. In 1969 Eddie won the Aintree Grand National with Highland Wedding. Cyril Harty died at home 7 March 1970.