Brian Kavanagh is Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), charged with the management of the entire organisation, reporting to the HRI Board which represents key members of the industry.

    Brian Kavanagh has been Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) since its establishment in 2001. Horse Racing Ireland is the governing body of horseracing in Ireland and is responsible for the overall development and promotion of the thoroughbred industry. 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 country. 



            As Chief Executive, Brian is responsible for ensuring that the following functions of HRI are carried out:

            • The development and promotion of Irish racing
            • The overall administration of Irish racing
            • The allocation of race fixtures
            • Race programming and prize-money
            • Negotiation of media and data rights
            • Control of the operations of authorised bookmakers
            • Stake holding of prize funds including entry fees and sponsorship monies
            • Guaranteeing the cost of integrity services
            • Grants to authorised racecourses 
            • Industry training and education


            Brian is also Director of HRI’s subsidiaries and HRI-owned racecourses:


            Brian represents Ireland on a number of international racing bodies:   

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