Horse Board: proposed Umbrella Body for the Sport Horse sector
directors of the Irish Horse Board at their meeting on the 13th
February 2003 reaffirmed their support for the establishment of
an Umbrella Body (Horse Sport Ireland) for the sport horse sector.
Irish Horse Board participated actively in the Equestrian Federation
of Irelands Strategic Group/Task Force, whose objective was
to develop the process of establishing an appropriate Umbrella Body
for the various organisations in the sector. Furthermore, the Irish
Horse Board submitted a substantial document to the Strategic Group,
outlining its proposals for the new body, and many of these proposals
were adopted by the Strategic Group and were incorporated into the
proposals that emanated from the Group.
directors of the Irish Horse Board believe that the proposals contained
in the Liam Connellan document of November 2001 entitled Proposals
on the establishment of Horse Sport Ireland- the new NGB for Equestrian
Sport in Ireland represent the best way forward for the sport
horse sector. That document outlined a workable structure for the
Council/Board and Executive of the proposed new body; the Irish
Horse Board fully endorsed the strategy contained in the document
and exhorted the EFI to present the document to the relevant Government
Departments, with a view to attracting an increase in Government
support for the sector.
Irish Horse Board is currently participating fully in discussions
with the organisations in the sector, and with the relevant Government
Departments and Agencies that are involved, with a view to expediting
the establishment of the new organisation.