Irish Horse Board

Irish Horse Board logoThe Irish Horse Board is a co-operative society with more than 32,000 shareholders historically. At this time (2020), there are some 9,000 Active IHB Shareholders – an individual member is deemed to be an Active IHB Shareholder if he/she has transacted any IHB shareholder business in any of the three calendar years immediately proceeding the current reference year. The Irish Horse Board is an affiliate of Horse Sport Ireland. As part of the affiliation with Horse Sport Ireland, all current members of the Co-operative receive a discount on their breeding registration fees.

The Co-operative fulfills an important election role in electing 10 regional members to the Board of the Irish Horse Board. The Breeding Sub Board, which was part of the initial HSI structure, has been stood down and the IHB no longer have any role in that regard. Subsequently, eight of the IHB Directors have been nominated to the newly formed HSI Breeding and Production Advisory Council (BPAC), as advocates for the various Studbooks currently operated by HSI.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Irish Horse Board Co-operative Society is Dr Jack Murphy and the Director General & Secretary is Mrs Laura Skelton. The current Board Members of the Irish Horse Board are:

  • Dr Jack Murphy (Chairman) [Minister’s Nominee]
  • Ms Helen Kelly [Region 1]
  • Mr Edward Doyle [Region 1]
  • Ms Barbara Hatton [Region 2]
  • Ms Marion Hughes (Vice Chairperson) [Region 2]
  • Ms Elizabeth Deane [Region 3]
  • Mr Pat McCarthy [Region 3]
  • Mr Liam Lynskey [Region 4]
  • Ms Tiernan Gill [Region 4]
  • Mr Neil Henry [Region 5]
  • Mr John A Cogan [Region 5]

Region 1 – Wicklow, Louth, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Meath, Westmeath, Dublin Region 2 – Tipperary, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny Region 3 – Waterford, Kerry, Limerick, Cork Region 4 – Mayo, Galway, Clare Region 5 – Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Roscommon The registered address is Irish Horse Board Co-operative Society Limited, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Osberstown, Naas, Co. Kildare.

The Irish Horse Board Co-operative Society Ltd. was established in 1993 and began operations in 1994.  Following discussions with the Department of Agriculture & Food, a programme for development was agreed. The principal aspects of the programme are:

  • A financial basis was established for the Co-operative and shares are being offered at a rate of €10 per share
  • There is an Annual Renewal fee in subsequent years:
    • Online renewal prior to 31st May 2020 €25
    • Online renewal after 31st May 2020 €30
    • Renewal not completed online €35
  • Registration fees for shareholders entitles members to avail of discounted rates
  • Access to IHR Online
  • Each shareholder will have only one vote, irrespective of the number of share held
  • It is not envisaged that shares will appreciate in value

Shareholders also receive preferential pricing on Horse Sport Ireland breeding passport and registration services. See our passport fees for details of the shareholder discounts.

IHB Press Release 14th July 2020:

Irish Horse Board (IHB) BPAC Nominees 2020 – seeking expressions of interest from members

The Irish Horse Board (IHB) is a membership organisation for breeders and primary producers of Irish horses and ponies (Irish Sport Horses, Irish Draught Horses, Irish Cobs and Irish Sport Ponies) with in excess of 8,000 currently active members/shareholders.

The IHB is affiliated to Horse Sport Ireland and is currently in the process of nominating suitably qualified individuals to represent various studbooks on the Horse Sport Ireland Breeding and Production Advisory Council (BPAC).

The role of the BPAC is to provide advice to Horse Sport Ireland in support of the development of strategy, policy, funding activity and sustainability in the sport horse breeding sector.

The studbooks that the IHB Nominees will represent include:

  • Irish Sport Horse Studbook – Three Ordinary Members (3 seats)
  • Irish Draught Horse Studbook – Two Ordinary Members (2 seats)
  • Irish Cob Studbook – One Ordinary Member (1 seat)
  • Irish Sport Pony Studbook – One Ordinary Member (1 seat)

Nominees hold seats for a two-year term and participate in typically four (4) BPAC meetings per annum dealing with matters of studbook policy, breeding and production while representing the interests of their specific studbook and the wider IHB membership.  Meetings are likely to be held via online platforms such as Microsoft Teams and individuals may participate remotely.

All current IHB shareholders or members are eligible and the IHB is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals to take on an IHB Nominee position on the BPAC for a two-year term from 1st August 1 2020. Some of the key attributes required include:

  • Extensive knowledge of breeding sport horses/ponies
  • Understand breeding policy and issues arising for sport horse studbooks
  • Business acumen to assist the discussion about modern day studbook business
  • Understand EU & Irish legislation related to sport horses
  • Knowledge of innovative breeding techniques like embryo transfer, genetic testing, etc.
  • Understand the issues on the ground facing breeders
  • Identify improvements for studbooks and processes applied for studbook entry
  • Understand and be familiar with trends in other WBFSH studbooks
  • Network amongst young breeders with discussions and trends on breeding programmes

Individuals wishing to express interest should contact the IHB via email to info@ihb.ie or call 045 854511.

ENDS

Apply to become a shareholder

  1. Go to IHR Online and log in (Note: You will need to register if you have not previously done so)
  2. Once you have logged in, select ‘Online Services’ from the toolbar
  3. Select ‘New IHB Membership’ and follow the onscreen instructions
  4. You will be issued with your share certificate and you will then be entitled to all membership discounts and benefits

Renew your IHB Membership

  1. Go to IHR Online and log in (Note: You will need to register if you have not previously done so)
  2. Once you have logged in, select ‘Online Services’ from the toolbar
  3. Select ‘Renew IHB Membership’ and follow the onscreen instructions
  4. You will be issued with a receipt of your membership and you will be entitled to all membership discounts and benefits

 

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