Horse Racing Ireland's Horse Welfare Policy
HRI, our vision is to ensure that Ireland is the global leader in all aspects of
Horse Racing and Breeding, sustaining a vibrant 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.
part of the HRI Strategic Plan 2020-2024, HRI is committed to:
the Irish Thoroughbred Welfare Council was established comprising
representatives of the Breeders, the Trainers, the Owners, the IHRB,
DAFM, International Federation for the
Aftercare of Racehorses and the animal welfare department of UCD Veterinary
Council advises the board of HRI on how best to shape policy to ensure high
standards of horse care in the sector.
development of a Quality Assurance Programme for horse premises is underway.
To recognise and acknowledge the high
standards of care and attention racehorses receive, particularly from stable
staff, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) launched the ‘Irish Thoroughbred Welfare
Council best-turned out league’ in January 2021.
Participating racecourses record their
best-turned-out winners. In turn, HRI will then aggregate the data and create
the best-turned out league table.
A yard can win a prize in both Flat and
National Hunt categories. The specific category which a yard fits will be
established at year end, when the number of runners is calculated. If
there is a tie, then the prize will be divided. The prize goes to the team in
the winning yard. John Osborne, Equine Welfare & Bloodstock Director at HRI, said: “The
care of our horses is largely in the hands of our stable staff whose work is
greatly appreciated. The presentation of the horses is really a reflection of
all the days spent preparing the horses at home. The best turned out league
will particularly highlight the yards which consistently do well even if they
are at a numerical disadvantage. The work required is the same, whether
the yard is small or large.”
The Irish Thoroughbred Welfare Council (ITWC) was created in 2020 to help HRI
with the formation of initiatives to enhance the care and welfare of our horses
and it is widely acknowledged that the welfare of our horses and the care for
our workforce are closely aligned.
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If you suspect or are aware of the mistreatment or potential welfare issues of any equines, we encourage you to notify the relevant authorities.
IHRB (Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board): https://www.ihrb.ie/29-confidential-hotline
Confidential Hotline 1800 855 846 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 0015 114 (Northern Ireland or Great Britain)
Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Helpline:
Call Save: 1850 211 990; Phone: 01 6072 379; Email: [email protected]
IHWT Equine Welfare Centre:
Phone: 0402 30773; Emergency Welfare Calls Only: 086 604 7840; Email: [email protected]
ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline:
Phone : 1890 515 515; Email: [email protected]
Phone : 01 4994 700; Email: [email protected]
An Garda Síochána:
HRI works closely with the Irish
Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) to ensure the highest standards of welfare and
integrity. The Rules of Racing are written and enforced by IHRB and there are
reciprocal agreements with other racing jurisdictions.
In December 2019, The International
Federation of Horseracing Authorities published minimum welfare standards for
horses which can be found here https://www.ifhaonline.org/resources/IFHA_Minimum_Welfare_Standards.PDF
More about the work of the IHRB can be
found on their website https://www.ihrb.ie/
HRI supports the Irish Equine Centre by
providing it with annual financial grants. The Irish Equine Centre
provides world-leading expertise in specialised facilities for the diagnosis,
management, and prevention of diseases in horses and for research and education
in this area. The services provided underpin the health status of the horse
thereby, protect Ireland's disease-free status to allow for global trade.
directly supports the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT)
seeks to re-home and re-train thoroughbreds no longer active in racing. The
IHWT was established to provide a dedicated centre that is equipped for dealing with the
rehabilitation and re-homing of equines and has become a specialist rehabilitation
center for Thoroughbred type horses.
in 2020, Treo Eile is a
not-for-profit providing assistance to racehorse trainers and owners who wish
to rehome and retrain horses once racetrack careers are complete. The
website allows parties to connect and match horses to homes where they can
retrain for new disciplines. HRI is committed to supporting Treo Eile in
the development of their website and promoting the versatility of ex-racehorses.
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