b'QUESTIONS & ANSWERSThe response to the Foal Levy has been overwhelmingly positive. However, a number of questions have been raised and the following summary represents the main areas of concern.DO I HAVE TO PAY THIS LEVY? HOW IS THE PAYMENT Yes. The Foal Levy is governed by theBAND APPLICABLE TO EACH Statutory Instrument 735 of 2011, a copySTALLION DECIDED?of which can befound on our website: In line with the S.I. 735 HRI deem the www.hri.ie/industry-services/foal-levy. rate band applicable to each stallion You are legally obliged to pay the Foalfollowing consultation with the stallion Levy in respect of all thoroughbred foalsowner for all registered stallions in Ireland.submitted to Weatherbys Ireland GSBfor registration in the Stud Book. I GET A BETTER DEAL ON STALLIONS THAN THEIR ADVERTISED FEE AND HOW DOES THIS LEVYSHOULD ACCORDINGLY PAY A BENEFIT BREEDERS? LOWER LEVY?The funds raised by the levy provideThe current S.I. does not allow for essential funding for the organisations this due to the difficulties in considering and projects to which funds are allocated.every individual deal which breeders The activities of the relevant organisationsmake, a reduction in levy would are of major benefit to the breedingdiscriminate against those who do industry and, consequently, to all not receive a better deal.those involved in it.I AM A NON-RESIDENT BREEDER; WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHODO I HAVE TO PAY THE LEVY?REFUSE TO PAY THE LEVY? Yes. You are legally obliged to pay in Horse Racing Ireland reserve the right torespect of all thoroughbreds foaled in take legal or other action as required onIreland and subsequently submitted to any foal for which levy has not been paid.Weatherbys Ireland GSB for registration in However, that is a last resort and HRI willthe Stud Book.discuss individual cases with any breeders experiencing payment difficulties. WHY ARE FILLIES NOT CHARGED Those who do not pay will not receiveAT A LOWER RATE?any benefits or support from HRIA lower rate for fillies would mean a funded initiatives. higher rate for colts and, while there are exceptions, breeders normally over time equalise the number of colts and fillies produced. Breeders therefore are treated equally overall. 5'