April 12, 2008

All state funding funding for the Sport Horse Sector will now be channelled through Horse Sport Ireland, and the staff of the Irish Horse Board have now transferred to Horse Sport Ireland.

The relationship between the groups was clarified at a HSI board meeting late last month. HSI has also announced that it will receive €1.78 million from the Irish Sports Council in 2008 and €1.65 million from the Department of Agriculture. In addition a maximum allocation of €1.1million will be available to Horse Sport Ireland under schemes specified in the National Development Plan.

These funds will be used to fund the new body, implement breeding programmes, support equestrian events around the country, run the various High Performance programmes and provide support to affiliated organisations.

At the board meeting HSI also announced the establishment of an Affiliate Services Unit which will supply administration, financial, marketing, press and training services to the various affiliates.

Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh said the new unit would be a further catalyst towards getting the equestrian organisations to work together. "The affiliate services unit will provide affiliated organisation with professional support thus freeing up more of their resources for the development of their core activities," he said.

Already Eventing Ireland, the Association of Irish Riding clubs (AIRC), the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE) are based with Horse Sport Ireland in Beech House and the Show Jumping Association of Ireland are also in the same building.

The board approved a proposal from the Show Jumping Association of Ireland to reduce their contribution for international show jumping for 2008 to €200,000 from the agreed amount of €250,000 but with a commitment from the SJAI that they would provide €225,000 in 2009 and €250,000 in 2010.