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Regional Meetings for the Irish Sport Horse Industry

Horse Sport Ireland, the Royal Dublin Society and Teagasc are working together to outline a strategy for the sport horse sector of the Irish Equine industry for the period to 2025.

To aid the development of this strategy, the Irish Sport Horse Industry Strategy Committee will hold regional meetings for all those involved in the industry.

The strategy will outline the key actions needed:
(a)    to ensure that the sector contributes, to the maximum possible extent, to our export-led economic         recovery and
(b) 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.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, TD will be in attendance at the meetings.

The venues and dates are as follows:

•     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

All those involved in the sport horse industry are encouraged to attend.
The meetings will commence at 7.30pm sharp each evening. We require those interested to confirm their attendance, by Monday, 24 March.

R.S.V.P. to submissions@sporthorsestrategy.ie or by telephone to Elaine Rispin, Teagasc (046) 9061114.

Written submissions outlining suggestions under the following headings to aid the development of this strategy are also being sought:

•     Breeding and Production
•     Marketing
•     Institutional Support and Policy
•     Knowledge Transfer and Training

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, 2 May..

For more information, please visit the website www.sporthorsestrategy.ie