Horse Sport Ireland currently have the following vacancies open for application:

  1. Breeding Policy Executive Staff
  2. Registration Staff
  3. Sport Governance Executive


V.01 Breeding Policy Executive Staff

Horse Sport Ireland is seeking Breeding Policy Executive Staff to support the Breeding Department.

The Role:

  • Provide research, report drafting and administrative functions to the Breeding Department

The successful candidate will have:

  • An appropriate 3rd level qualification, in Agriculture, Animal Science or Equine. Masters level would be preferable
  • Proven research and report writing skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to produce reports, minutes  and handle correspondence
  • Good knowledge of database structure, queries and reporting
  • Proven organisational and administration ability
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team in delivering high quality customer services
  • Good knowledge of equestrian breeding and FEI equestrian sports
  • Clean driving licence and a willingness to work flexible hours

Please indicate the role you are applying for and send your CV and cover letter to;

Closing date for applications is Monday 4th March 2019 @ 5pm


V.02    Registration Staff

The Role:

  • Provide excellent customer service in the registration unit and the customer call centre

The successful candidate will:

  • Primarily deal with client queries by email and over the phone
  • Carry out administrative functions including horse registrations, passport processing etc.,
  • Good understanding of the equine industry
  • Ability to work as part of a team in delivering high quality customer services

Please indicate the role you are applying for and send your CV and cover letter to;

Closing date for applications is Monday 4th March 2019 @ 5pm


V.03 Sport Governance Executive   

Horse Sport Ireland is seeking to fill the position of Sport Governance Executive.


Such person will act as the bedrock for the governance delivery of Horse Sport Ireland’s integrity programmes and will provide core proactive management and administration of the HSI Child Welfare and Garda Vetting Programme, HSI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication programme, act as key liaison for Sport Ireland in respect of Athlete Clean Sport. This role is a multidisciplinary role within the Sport and Legal Department of Horse Sport Ireland.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and process vetting applications on behalf of the organisation using the eVetting Portal and Access NI Portal ensuring appropriate records retention.
  • Provide support and guidance to HSI stakeholders and affiliate organisation on child welfare and safeguarding including Children’s Officers and other relevant stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.
  • Be familiar with Children First Act 2015 (ROI) and Our Duty to Care (NI) so as to ensure they can act as an information source to affiliated bodies.
  • Develop and implement of codes, policies, procedures and processes; including for code of ethics, volunteering, safeguarding, anti-doping (Human and Equine)
  • Organise child welfare and safeguarding training courses
  • Provide administration support to the relevant integrity programmes committees
  • Update the Governance section of the HSI website.
  • Manage the HSI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication programme including providing awareness on Equine Anti-Doping to relevant all stakeholders at all levels of the organisation
  • To manage Sport Ireland whereabouts notifications for athletes in the Registered Testing Pool

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria:

  • At least 2.5 – 3 years’ experience of working in an administrative role (preferably in a confidential environment)
  • A high level of proven organisational ability with an excellent standard of English
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office – all packages
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel (such as young people, volunteers, coaches and parents)
  • Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner and grasp and contextualise specialist information

Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding of safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures including legislative requirements as applicable on the island of Ireland and knowledge of Garda Vetting/Access NI procedures
  • Experience of policy/procedure development and the sport/recreation environment
  • Experience of working with volunteers

Terms and Conditions:

  • The post will be based in the Horse Sport Ireland Head Office in Naas, County Kildare.
  • The appointment will be a 2 Year Fixed Term Contract initially with a 6-month probationary period.
  • The successful applicant will be required to comply with Garda Vetting/Access NI clearance in advance of taking up the position and Safeguarding 1, 2 and 3 training within 6 months of assuming the role.

Interested applicants should send a CV to before Friday 8th March 2019 @ 5pm

For PDF format, please click here: Sport Governance Executive