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 country. 

    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.

    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.