Horse Sport Ireland congratulates Equestrian Clubs receiving new Sports Capital Funding

  • 10 May 2024, 18:50
In all, 16 clubs receive more than €26m in grants under SCEP scheme

Horse Sport Ireland, the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sports, has congratulated 16 equestrian organisations that have received State funding under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

On May 9th, Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and Thomas Byrne T.D., Minister of State for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht, announced over €26 million in equipment grants under SCEP scheme and this included a significant tranche of funding for the equestrian sector.

CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, Denis Duggan said: “Seventeen organisations spread across the country – including Horse Sport Ireland – are benefiting from almost €350,000 in financial support from the Department of Sport under this element of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme. This funding will play a significant part in supporting grassroots participation in our equestrian sports. Riding clubs, pony clubs and riding establishments are at the heart of our equestrian community and enable thousands of young people in particular to get their introduction to our sports, gaining their early tastes of success in competition and finding the attraction of participating alongside their peers. This is a welcome financial support to the seventeen beneficiaries from Pony Clubs, Riding Clubs and HSI affiliates such as Dressage Ireland and AIRE – Association of Irish Riding Establishments.”

Horse Sport Ireland will receive just over €55,000 for the purchase of Olympic standard show jumping fences. “These new fences will enable HSI to provide training using Olympic standard fences to our youth, pathway, and high-performance athletes on their journey to this and future Olympics,” stated Mr Duggan.

Horse Sport Ireland wishes to formally acknowledge the commitment from Minister Martin and Minister Byrne and the officials within the Department of Sport, and wishes each of the 16 organisations continued success.

The grant recipients include:

  • County Meath’s Headfort Riding Club will receive €14,754 towards the purchase of cross country jumps, trailer and container.
  • Monaghan’s Border Counties Riding Club will receive €9,690 for showjumping jumps.
  • Clewbay Pony Club in Co. Mayo will receive €24,480 towards containers, jumps, lighting and a generator.
  • Tipperary’s Golden Grove Riding Club will receive €60,628, while the Golden Vale Pony Club will receive €6,000 towards the purchase of showjumping equipment.


The full details of Equestrian Grant Recipients are as follows:


County Organisation Equipment  Amount
Carlow Carlow Hunt pony Club  Training equipment, Defibrillator €54,178
Clare Castle Carraig Riding Club Training Equipment €2,792
Cork West Cork Trec Equipment and trailer €3,000
Dublin Carrickmines Riding Club  Competition & training equipment €14,605
Dublin Rathfarnham Pony Club Training equipment €3,798


Association of Irish Riding

Establishment CLG

Safety of clients in Riding Centres €41,313


Dressage Ireland Transport and First Aid Equipment €15,556


Horse Sport Ireland Purchase of Olympic standard showjumping fences €55,202
Kilkenny Inistioge show society Timing systems & displays for 3 arenas €12,413
Kilkenny Irish Pony Club IPC updating of safety & event equipment €8,900
Mayo Clewbay Pony Club Containers, jumps, lighting and


Meath Headfort Riding Club  Purchase Equestrian Xc


Monaghan Border Counties Riding Club Showjumping Jumps €9,690


Golden Grove Riding Club Equestrian equipment €60,628


Golden Vale Pony Club (Branch

of the Irish Pony Club)

Purchase of Show Jumping



Waterford Waterford Riding Club Dressage equipment €12,843
Wicklow Wicklow Hunt Pony Club Sports


  TOTAL   €348,352