Praise for Irish bred horses at Galway Races

Minister Tom Hayes TD.
Building on the continued success of locally bred horses, the recently held Galway Races saw plenty of regional winners emerge.

Building on the continued success of locally bred horses, the recently held Galway Races saw plenty of regional winners emerge.

Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine attended the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Western Breeders Awards, on ‘Plate Day’ at the Racing Festival and pointed to the opportunity for “celebrating and recognising” the achievements of Irish-bred horses at both Flat and National Hunt over the past year in the Western Region.

“The Association plays a vital role in the provision of advice and assistance to breeders and owners in the areas of promoting responsible and quality breeding and in horse welfare,” he said, adding that so far, 2013 had been “a very successful year” for the thoroughbred industry. “Ireland continues to breed world class horses and it is estimated that this national industry has a huge economic impact in every county throughout Ireland. The industry also contributes nearly €1b to the Irish economy and I wish all those involved in the Irish thoroughbred industry continued success throughout the rest of this year. The organisation is the representative body of the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry at Government level both at home and internationally and is based at Kill in Co Kildare.”