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Equine Summit

Equine Summit

Striving for Global Excellence

The 2017 Equine Summit will bring together the thoroughbred and sporthorse sectors of the equine industry in a day-long series of presentations and discussions with equine experts and industry leaders.

A plenary discussion on the equine industry in Ireland will form the central part of the day, followed by a choice of the thoroughred or sporthorse breakout discussion afterwards.

*Ticket price includes VAT, booking fee, dinner and a choice of the breakout sessions.


14:15 Registration Opens

15:00 Welcome Address

Henry Corbally, Chairman Glanbia Ireland and Glanbia plc

15:10 Keynote Address

Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President, Alltech

15:40 Presentation of Industry Statistics

Sasha Kerins, Partner, Head of Agri Food, Grant Thornton

16:00 Plenary Discussion:

How can we evolve, compete and lead the global equine industry – Can we collaborate to overcome the challenges?

  • Brian Kavanagh, CEO, Horse Racing Ireland
  • Ronan Murphy, CEO, Horse Sport Ireland
  • Dr. Noel Cawley, Chairman, Teagasc
  • Meta Osborne, Senior Steward, Turf Club
  • Leo Powell, Editor, The Irish Field, (Chair)

17:10 Ministers Address

  • Michael Creed, Minister for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

17:30 Dinner

18:30 Breakout Sessions

Option 1: Sporthorse Breakout Session

How can the Irish Sporthorse sector position itself in a changing market?

  • Lucinda Creighton, Vulcan Consulting
  • Cameron Hanley, International Showjumper
  • Johan Knaap, Director KWPN Dutch Stud Book
  • Oliver Townend, International Event Rider
  • Suzanne Campbell, Broadcaster and Journalist, (Chair)

Option 2: Thoroughbred Breakout Session

What does success look like for thoroughbred breeders, an international view point?

  • Jim Bolger, Racehorse Trainer and Breeder
  • Joe Foley, Ballyhane Stud
  • Richard Aston, Goldford Stud, UK
  • Brendan Holland, Grove Stud
  • Lorna Fowler, Thoroughbred Trainer and Breeder, (Chair)

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