Thoroughbred and Sport horse industry experts join forces for 2017 Equine Summit

The 2017 GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech Equine Summit, supported by Grant Thornton and The Irish Field, will take place on Thursday, November 9th in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co.Kildare.

The Equine Summit will bring together the thoroughbred and sport horse sectors of the industry in a series of presentations and discussions with equine experts and industry leaders. Equine industry-wide statistics will be presented by Grant Thornton.

A plenary discussion on the equine industry in Ireland will form the central part of the day. Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend a break-out session to explore topics more specific to the Thoroughbred and Sporthorse sectors.

Tickets are €55 and include dinner, refreshments and a choice of either the Sporthorse or Thoroughbred breakout session.


  • 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 Osbourne, 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
    · Johann Knapp, Director KWPN Dutch Stud Book
    · 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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