Coveney launches sport horse plan aimed at developing commercial opportunities
A STRATEGIC planning process aimed at developing the commercial potential of the horse sport sector by improving export-led growth and increasing employment has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
The process will be undertaken by Horse Sport Ireland, Teagasc and the Royal Dublin Society, and will be overseen by a steering group chaired by Patrick Gibbons, professor of Strategic Management at UCD's Smurfit Business School.
The members of the steering group are: Prof Pat Wall, HSI; Damian McDonald, HSI; Prof Cathal O'Donoghue, Teagasc; Declan McArdle, Teagasc; Michael Duffy, RDS; and Pat Hanly, RDS.
A consultation process seeking submissions from interested parties will be announced shortly.
It is also intended to hold a number of regional meetings to seek input from participants in the sector.
Minister Coveney highlighted a recent UCD study which found that the sport horse sector is worth over €700m to the Irish economy, with over 47,000 people participating on a regular basis, making it “crucial.”
Prof Wall added the group catered to the different segments of the sector: “We will hopefully come up with a road map to a commercial industry that will underpin success in all aspects of equestrian sport.”