Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is the national
authority for thoroughbred racing in Ireland with responsibility for the
governance, development and promotion of the industry under the Horse and
Greyhound Racing Act 2001.
As a commercial semi-state body HRI, through its
board, reports to the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine. This
reporting line reflects the importance of Ireland’s thoroughbred racing and
breeding industry to agricultural development and employment in every region of
The Irish breeding and racing industry supports
28,900 direct and indirect jobs in Ireland, and generates €1.84bn in total
expenditure, in towns and villages all over Ireland.
represents Ireland on international racing bodies including the International Federation of
Horseracing Authorities, the European and Mediterranean
Federation of Horseracing Authorities and
the European Pattern Committee.
The development of racecourses
The guaranteeing of prize-money
The control of authorised bookmakers
The allocation of fixtures and setting of race programmes
The operation of racecourses owned by HRI - Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Navan and Tipperary
The operation of the Tote (Totalisator Betting)
Supplying grants, loans or other funding to racecourses
The promotion and export of the Irish horse through Irish Thoroughbred Marketing
Representing Irish racing internationally
The operation of the Registry Office
The negotiation of income from media and broadcasting rights
Racecourse Product, Fixtures and Standards
Integrity and Welfare
Industry Training, Education and Employment
The activities carried out by HRI under its remit
to govern, develop, promote and administer the
sport cover a wide range of areas, the principal ones being:
The Racing Department is responsible for the annual allocation of approximately 390 race fixtures to 26 Irish racecourses and the creation of all racing programmes.
The department has budgetary responsibility for annual prize-money distribution, including HRI's direct contribution and has control of the Racecourse Capital Development Programme.
The racecourse services provided by HRI including starting stalls, photo finish and the production of integrity pictures come under the Racing Department's remit. HRI negotiates media rights for racecourses and manages the contract for the production of sound and pictures from the track for use by broadcasters.
The Racing Department also has direct responsibility for the key areas of horse racing administration in Ireland. HRI maintain the Racing Administration System (RAS) which allows trainers, jockey's agents and owners' access online to carry out their day-to-day racing administration using mobile devices such as desktops, smartphones and tablets.
The Betting Division licences
and regulates all on-course bookmakers.
The main aim of the Equine Welfare & Bloodstock Division is to maintain the high welfare standards in the Irish Thoroughbred industry and to create a mechanism whereby these standards can be verified and improved in line with evolving best practice in Ireland and abroad.
The Marketing Department promotes
racing to the public through integrated national marketing campaigns. It
provides a dedicated marketing support service for individual racecourses
throughout the country providing marketing plan development, market research,
media planning, sponsorship support and event management services. It also
manages and promotes the HRI website and social media sites.
The Communications Department is responsible for internal and external corporate
communications, HRI’s press office and extensive event management, and is the direct point of contact
in Horse Racing Ireland for the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
and other government departments and bodies.
The department is also responsible for HRI
publications including the Factbook, Annual Reports, Provisional Summaries,
Economic Reports and Strategic Plan.