Minister Awards Largest Ever Funding Through Breeding Grants

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Author: Patricia Clark/Friday 24 June 2022/Categories: General News


Minister awards largest ever funding total to shows through breeding grants

 

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. has hailed the awarding of over half a million euro in breeding grants from Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) to 55 shows and initiatives nationwide.

Minister for Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. with Sonja Egan, Horse Sport Ireland’s Head of Breeding, Denis Duggan, HSI Chief Executive, and Joe Reynolds, HSI Chairman at the announcement of the largest ever fund for breed and production horse classes at agricultural shows for 2022. (Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile)

 

The HSI Breeding Grant offers support for breeding and production initiatives, classes and competitions at various equestrian shows and events throughout the country. Applications for the grants scheme opened in January 2021 on the Horse Sport Ireland website.

Launching the grants today, Minister McConalogue said:

“I am very happy to be able to launch this breeding initiative. My department has worked extensively with the HSI breeding team to ensure that deserving applicants have been awarded the funding necessary to be able to put on breeding and development shows, particularly with rare breeds in mind.

“Fifty-five applicants will receive over half million euro between them, and this will facilitate Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)-approved studbooks, breed societies and other equine events to propose and provide support for a specific breeding and production related shows, classes and initiatives.

“The grants will support smaller regional and grassroots breeding and production show-related classes. It will also engender a culture of breeder recognition and support in Ireland.

“The scheme supports rural spread of funding to breeders, producers and associated economic activity for venues nationwide, while also supporting innovation at grassroots level in the proposal, performance and promotion of Irish breeding and Irish horses.

“This is the largest fund allocated by the Department to the breeding grant initiative and will strive to support breeders and producers nationwide, the bedrock of the sport horse industry”

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. at Horse Sport Ireland (Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile)

In 2021 the Breeding Grant was oversubscribed with shows and events submitting applications for the fund. This year, over 60 shows sought support for over 270 breeding and production initiatives, classes and competitions at various equestrian shows and events nationwide, with 55 being granted funding (see table below).

 

From major events such as the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS to our regional events across the country, all applications were afforded the same consideration and, thanks to the work done between Horse Sport Ireland’s breeding department and the Department of Agriculture, extra funding was secure to ensure applicants received necessary funding.

 

At the launch, HSI Head of Breeding, Development and Innovation, Sonja Egan, said:

“We are delighted to bring these initiatives to fruition alongside the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“These initiatives empower breeders, producers, venues and show organisations to seek funding for innovative ideas related to young horse breeding, production and showing and, in doing so supports their local equine and wider community infrastructure.

“These funds help breeders and producers to attract additional funding and entries through their local networks and stimulate economic activity within the local community. HSI asked the Department delivered and we are delighted to award over half a million directly to Irish breeder and producers through this initiative.

 

Horse Sport Ireland Chief Executive Denis Duggan added:

“We are grateful to Minister McConalogue and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for all their work and for ensuring that our applicants will receive the necessary funding for their events.

“Breeding and production throughout the country provides the backbone of the industry and therefore it is crucial for us to be able to provide supports to breeders, studbooks and events, big and small. This scheme aims to support breeders in their quest to produce the finest of Irish-bred horses. Breeders involved in producing horses for sale know the increased value that having a winning horse can bring to the sale of horse. Our aim, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine is to ensure initiatives such as these funded today, which showcase Irish-bred horses contribute to increased sales value and higher prices for the breeder.”

 

“As the governing body of equestrian sport in Ireland we endeavour to always support our stakeholders and this scheme highlights that, with over half a million euro in funding – the largest amount ever provided by the department to the equine industry – being used where it should be, and we are delighted to have been able to provide it.”

 

Date of Show

Organisation

Funds Awarded

19th March-18th April

Eventing Ireland Western Region

€3,500

30th March- 26th April

Wexford Equestrian

€2,500

3rd April

IDHBA Kildare

€900.00

11th-14th May

Royal Ulster Agricultural Society

€2,500.00

21st May

Eventing Ireland (Northern Region)

€5,000.00

29th May

Midleton Agricultural Show

€1,500.00

5th June

Mayo Rocommon Breeder’s Group

€2,000.00

2nd-6th June

Mullingar Equestrian

€3,000.00

11th-12th June

Association of Irish Riding Clubs CLG

€2,500.00

18th June

Vincent Holian/ Mullingar EC

€8,000.00

25th-26th June

Charleville Agricultural Society

€1,500.00

26th June

Ballyfoyle Agricultural Show

€2,000.00

3rd July

IDHBA Laois Branch

€1,000.00

3rd July

Dunmanaway Agricultural Society Ltd

€1,500.00

7-10 July

SJI UR/ National Balmoral Championships

€4,500.00

9th July

Barryroe Show Ltd

€2,000.00

9th July

Ardrahan Show

€1,000.00

10th & 31st July

West Cork Horse Breeders Co-op Society Ltd

€3,000.00

17th July

Ballyvourney/ Coolea Show

€1,000.00

17th July

The Wicklow Hunt

€500.00

21st July

Wexford Equetrian

€2,000.00

26th July

South East Clare show

€1,000.00

31st July

Schull Agricultural Show

€1,500.00

July

Barnadown Show Jumping

€5,000.00

3rd- 7th August

Milltreet Equestrian Services

€21,500.00

6th-7th August

Killosery Lodge Stud

€3,000.00

7th August

Clare Castle Show Society

€8,000.00

7th August

Eventing @ Punchestown Committee

€6,000.00

8th-12th August

Connemara Pony Breeder’s Society

€10,000.00

17th- 21st August

Royal Dublin Society

€200,000.00

20th August

Mayo Rocommon Breeder’s Group

€2,000.00

21st August

Leitrim Branch IDHBA

€2,000.00

21st August

Kerry Bog Society

€930.00

25th-28th August

Show Jumping Ireland

€3,000.00

25th-28th August

Irish Breeders Classic

€20,000.00

August

Hughes Horses Ltd

€8,000.00

3rd September

Irish Draught Horse Society

€2,000.00

3rd September

Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association (Punchestown)

€3,600.00

8th-11th September

Youngster Tour Ireland Store

€11,000.00

11th September

Traditional Irish Horse Association

€3,000.00

17th September

Lambertstown Derby Show

€4,250.00

21st-24th April/ 24th & 25th September

Meadows Equestrian Centre

€2,000.00

22nd-25th September

Ballindenisk

€12,000.00

24th-25th September

Ulster Region Show Jumping

€3,000.00

25th September

Claremorris Equestrian Centre

€5,000.00

30th September

Mullingar Horse Sales Ltd.

€3,000.00

April/ May to September

Show Jumping Ireland

€8,000.00

August- September

Eventing Ireland

€10,000.00

8th October

IDHBA Cork/Kerry branch

€1,500.00

7-10 July & 19-20 November

Cavan Equestrian Centre

€3,000.00

April- July

HSI Studbook Series

€80,000.00

July- September

Irish Shows Associations CLG

Bannow and Rathangan 14th July 2022 Kildysart 30th July 2022 Moate 21st August 2022 Bridgetown 24th July 2022 Mountbellew 3rd September 2022 Roscommon 20th August 2022 Limerick 28th August 2022 Ballinasloe 25th September 2022 Kingdom Show 8th May Inishowen show 16th July Clonmany 2nd August

€25,000.00

June- July

Young Event horse Series (YES!)

€16,000.00

TBC

Northern Ireland Horse Board Co-op Society Ltd

€2,000.00

Award announced once WBFSH rankings announced

WBFSH Leading Irish Breeders

€6,000.00

TBC

SJI JAG Equestrian Centre

€2,000.00

TBC

Coilog Eventing Ltd

€3,000.00

Total Breeding Grant 2022

€548,680

 


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