Farm Ireland

Thursday 26 April 2018

Horse boards join forces

THE Northern Ireland Horse Board will affiliate to Horse Sport Ireland from January 1 next year, following an Extraordinary General Meeting recently.

As a result, members of the Northern Ireland Horse Board (NIHB) will receive registration discounts on the same basis as members of the Irish Horse Board (IHB).

Members of the NIHB will also have free access to CapallOir, up to the same usage limit as IHB members, and will receive Horse Sport Ireland publications.

All passports and registration applications will be sent directly to Horse Sport Ireland in Naas and all processing will be carried out by Horse Sport Ireland.

The decision to affiliate was approved unanimously at an EGM of the NIHB.


The NIHB have also agreed to support an additional leg of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping series, which will be held in Northern Ireland, as well as joint initiatives in other disciplines.

NIHB chairman Sam Smyth said: "We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Horse Sport Ireland.

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"Breeders in Northern Ireland will now receive the same benefits that Horse Sport Ireland is providing to members of the IHB.

"Our members are particularly excited about having access to CapallOir, as we have been hearing great reports of it from our colleagues across the border.


"The fact that our breeders will be dealing directly with Horse Sport Ireland in relation to registration matters will also improve efficiency.

"The NIHB office will remain open and we will be focusing on recruiting new members and providing seminars and other services to our members," he explained.

Horse Sport Ireland chairman Joe Walsh said that the NIHB's decision to affiliate to Horse Sport Ireland was "a historic development for the sport horse sector".

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