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Long-term plan for Ireland’s sport horses under development

Pictured at the launch of the strategic planning process for Ireland's Sport Horse sector are, from left, Prof Cathal O’ Donoghue, Head of Teagasc's Rural Economy Development Programme (Chair of the Working Group); HSI Chairman Professor Pat Wall; Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney; and Royal Dublin Society CEO Michael Duffy.

Pictured at the launch of the strategic planning process for Ireland’s Sport Horse sector are, from left, Prof Cathal O’ Donoghue, Head of Teagasc’s Rural Economy Development Programme (Chair of the Working Group); HSI Chairman Professor Pat Wall; Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney; and Royal Dublin Society CEO Michael Duffy.

A 10-year plan is being formulated at government level for the sport horse sector of the Irish Equine industry.

Horse Sport Ireland, the Royal Dublin Society and Teagasc (Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority) are working together to outline a strategy for the period to 2025.

The first in a series of regional meetings to discuss the strategy held by the Irish Sport Horse Industry Strategy Committee takes place in Meath on Wednesday, and all those involved in the industry are urged to attend. Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, will be in attendance at the meetings.

Key actions include ensuring that the sector contributes to Ireland’s export-led economic recovery, and to increase the income of horse breeders, producers and the wider supply chain.

The objective of the meetings is to seek the input from those involved at various levels of the industry to deal with the challenges facing the sector.

Written submissions outlining suggestions on Breeding and Production, Marketing, Institutional Support and Policy, and Knowledge Transfer and Training are also being sought.

Venues and dates of the meetings:

  • Wednesday, 26 March, in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath
  • Thursday, 3 April, in Hotel Kilkenny, College Road, Kilkenny
  • Friday, 4 April, in Carrigaline Court Hotel, Co. Cork
  • Tuesday  8 April, in The Lady Gregory, Gort, Co. Galway

The meetings will commence at 7.30pm sharp each evening. Those interested in attending should RSVP to submissions@sporthorsestrategy.ie or by telephone to Elaine Rispin, Teagasc (046) 9061114, by Monday, March 24.

Written submissions should be forwarded to submissions@sporthorsestrategy.ie or by post to Sport Horse Strategy Committee, Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway by 5pm, Friday, May 2.

 

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