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.
HRI, our vision is to ensure Ireland will be the global leader in Horse Racing
and Breeding, sustaining a vibrant and rural industry. Our mission is to
develop and promote Ireland's Horse Racing and Breeding industries to
administer and govern the sport of Horse Racing in Ireland, to cultivate and
promote the highest standards of integrity and welfare.
HRI receives a significant amount of its funding from the Horse and Greyhound Fund which is based on a levy on off-course betting. HRI is audited annually by the Comptroller and Auditor General and its full financial returns can be reviewed in the
2017 Annual Report
and reports for previous years can be found in
The racing and breeding industry's economic contribution has
been valued at €1.84 billion per annum. It employs c. 29,000 people directly
and indirectly and is Ireland's most consistently successful international
sport. There are over 360 race meetings each year on 26 racecourses in Ireland.
Total prize-money in Ireland in 2020 will be in excess of €67m.
HRI 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 operation of a
Racing Department, which sets out the annual programme of races and agrees the fixtures and prize-money for each of Ireland's 26 racecourses. This department receives the declarations and entries for every race and provides the data for all racecards in Ireland. It also publishes the Racing Calendar and Form Book. Through its Registry Office function it looks after all matters relating to horse ownership and naming and it also maintains the record of horses in training.
There is also a substantial involvement in direct services to racecourses through the supply of starting stalls and handlers, photo finish and patrol cameras (for use by the Stewards of the meeting as part of their integrity function).
HRI negotiates media rights for racecourses and manages the contract for the production of sound and pictures from the track for use by broadcasters.
Racecourse development is supported by grant aid and loans for capital projects and substantial direct advice and planning assistance are also provided.
HRI also controls the operation of authorised bookmakers at race meetings through its Betting Division.
The Marketing and Communications 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 manages and promotes the HRI web and social media sites and also operates the HRI Press Office, servicing the needs of the HRI Board and executives, the public, media and Government departments.
HRI has three subsidiaries which carry out distinct business functions:
Facts and Statistics Relating to the Racing and Breeding Industry
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