Horse Racing Ireland is committed to a workplace environment that
promotes diversity and inclusion and creates an open and
inclusive culture where everyone feels valued and one which respects diversity of
characteristics including but not limited to sexual orientation,
age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, civil status, personality, thinking style and
We formulate and implement policies and practices that value diversity,
provide equality of opportunity and ensure that no job
applicant, employee, customer or business associate receives less favourable treatment.
We also ensure that other policies and practices reflect our commitment
to treating people fairly, promoting an integrated way of working and respecting the
dignity of employees at all times.
In 2021, all HRI line managers participated in Diversity &
Inclusion Workshops to further develop our overall agenda in this area.
We celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and
Development - highlighting that
understanding different people and their cultures is one of the best ways we can
learn from each other
and learn more about ourselves.
We celebrate Pride month in support of LGBTQ+ friends and colleagues at
HRI, proudly flying the Pride flag at Ballymany and at our
HRI Racecourses,as well as lots of activity throughout the month.
HRI partnered with Kildare Access Network to support the 'Not All Disabilities are
by lighting up HRI's entrances in purple, to bring awareness and understanding of
are not immediately apparent.
Horse Racing Ireland launched the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
with Spectrum Life in May 2021. EAP is a confidential programme
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that provides all employees and their
families with immediate help and support in managing whatever work or personal
issues they are facing.
It also offers a wellbeing series which delivers high-quality, expert-led health and
wellbeing events throughout the year.
Horse Racing Ireland recognises that at times employees and their families will
require assistance and support for a variety of reasons and believe that having an
place will encourage employees to seek assistance and support when needed.
Equuip is the education and training department of Horse Racing Ireland
which aims to develop our people,
to enhance their skills, build their careers and to support employers within the
to retain their people through positive action.
By providing people with the tools they need, HRI can equip them to have
a strong sense of purpose and develop career paths
within the thoroughbred industry in Ireland.
Equuip's strategy is to focus on three key pillars:
Horse Racing Ireland and equuip have engaged the services of Health
Assured to provide an Industry Assistance Programme (IAP) to help take the strain
when someone needs some extra support. The IAP is open to everyone who works in the
Irish thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.
The IAP is completely confidential and free to use and offers emotional
support, financial advice, and legal information, such as:
Legal information: For
issues that cause anxiety or distress including debt management, consumer,
property, or neighbour disputes.
Bereavement support: The
service offers qualified and experienced counsellors who can help with grief
plus legal advisors to help with related legal matters.
Qualified nurses are on hand to offer support on a range of medical or
health-related issues offering practical information and advice.
Agri Aware and Equuip have come to together to create 'From Foal to
Race' - a 12-week programme for TY students which will give them a comprehensive
overview of the horse
racing industry with a strong focus on increasing awareness of the careers that
feature throughout the foal to race story.
Throughout this 12 week programme, both teachers and students will gain
insight into the horse racing industry, including the role of stud farms, animal
welfare and other regulations of the industry.
The programme features topics relevant to the Leaving Certificate cycle in the areas
of biology, business, agricultural science and design and communication. This
interdisciplinary approach reflects real-world application of school taught subjects
in a flexible and interesting format.
A long-standing involvement in Business In The Community Mentoring Programmes:
World of Work Programme (WOW) -
HRI employees meet with local secondary school students to learn about the world
of work. Students are given an insight into the many roles in the workplace and
inspires and encourages young minds to look towards the future.
Mentoring sessions to 5th year and
6th year local secondary school students which strives to encourage students to
stay in school, increase their self-esteem and develop an awareness of the
workplace over the course of their senior cycle.
Time To Read - an employee
engagement opportunity for company volunteers to provide one to one reading
support to seven to eight-year-old children in local primary schools.
Leaving Certificate Applied Work Experience -
A pilot programme launched in September 2021, to give Leaving
Certificate Applied students an introduction and greater insight into the Irish
racing and bloodstock industries, including career opportunities.
The care of our horses is at the centre of everything we do. Ireland is
home to 2,500 thoroughbred farms on which live over 30,000 thoroughbreds. Whether at
the top level of creating a vibrant industry in which so many thousands of people
devote their lives down to the last detail of improving the day-to-day routine for
the horses, the horse is ensured the highest standards of care.
HRI work collaboratively with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(DAFM), the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) and Weatherby's (Ireland) GSB
to ensure that Irish racing operates to the highest standards of integrity and
fairness and that best practice in equine welfare is adopted throughout the