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.