Horse Sport Ireland’s Monthly Update – October 2020

  • 2 November 2020, 14:56

Applications for X-Ray Screening Scheme close November 6th

The X-Ray Screening Scheme is one of several new schemes launched in 2020 to assist breeders and producers and to advance the breeding industry. The aim of the scheme is to provide breeders with an accessible x-ray screening programme for their own personal use (benchmarking their breeding herd/sales, etc.) and to document the prevalence of osteo-abnormalities in the Irish young horse population.


Eligibility: Open to Irish Breeders and Owners of young fillies/mares aged two to five years old, registered/ endorsed in a WBFSH/DAFM-approved studbook and which meet the specific performance requirements. For a full list of Terms & Conditions click here

Application: Click here to fill in an application form.

Important Dates: The closing date for applications is 6th November 2020. All screenings must be completed and returned to HSI before 13th November 2020.

Available Funding: Following receipt of a valid application which is subsequently approved, HSI will cover the cost of the screening (up to €350 ex. vat).

Upcoming webinars for HSI-accredited coaches

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) is delighted to be hosting two educational webinars next month for HSI-accredited coaches, details of both webinars can be seen in the accompanying table. The first webinar features International Performance Farrier Haydn Price who will be discussing the latest farriery research and its practical application in the sport horse.

Haydn Price is the consultant farrier to the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Elite Performance Programme and former farrier to Great Britain’s dressage and show jumping teams. With a particular interest in equine lameness and specialising in equine locomotion, Haydn developed the Equinalysis gait analysis system and has developed a hugely successful farriery practice.

Haydn has been awarded the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Medal of Honour for his continued contribution to farriery, was inducted into the International Farriery Hall of Fame for his continued services, commitment and education to the International Farriery Profession and is a regular contributor to several general and professional publications – so this webinar is an opportunity not to be missed.


The second webinar will be led by High-Performance coach and Coach Educator Hayley Harrison. This webinar is interactive and has been designed for Level 1 Apprentice coaches to assist in the development of delivery styles, self-reflection and improving communication with riders.

Hayley is a high-performance athletics coach, who has worked with athletes competing up to Olympic and World Championship level. In her role as a Coach Education Officer with Sport Ireland Coaching (SIC), Hayley is responsible for the running of the Coach Developer (formerly Tutor) training and Coach Developer Assessor Training for all National Governing Bodies (NGB) in Ireland.

Webinar Date Time Cost
Haydn Price

Demystifying science: Farriery Research and its Practical Application in the Sport Horse

Thursday 5th November 3pm €30 per person

Open to all HSI-accredited coaches

Hayley Harrison

People Skills for Coaches: Making the most of ‘you’ for the benefit of your riders

Tuesday 10th November 3pm €30 per person

Aimed at Level 1 Apprentice coaches but open to all HSI-accredited coaches

Bookings can be made online by clicking here.

Note: Places for the webinars are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Changes of ownership must be made with Passport Issuing Authority

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) would like to remind horse owners that it is a legal requirement to report changes of horse ownership to the Passport Issuing Authority (PIA) who issued the original passport for a horse. This applies for any horses whose ownership changes after July 1st, 2014.

Whereby HSI is the PIA;

  • Download a Transfer of Ownership Form by clicking here.
  • The form must be completed and returned to HSI within 30 days of acquiring ownership of the animal, along with the fee of €15/£15 and the identity document (passport).
  • Owners should take a copy of the form for their records (photocopy or photograph will suffice).

2020 foals must be registered before December 31st

With effect from 1st January 2016, all equines born in the EU must be registered before 31st December of the year of birth or within six months following the date of its birth, whichever occurs later. Horse Sport Ireland would like to remind breeders and foal owners that the fee for foal registrations will increase from 31st October 2020 to €78.70/£71.80 for Irish Horse Board Members and €115.10/£105.30 for non-members. Details of how to register a foal can be found here.

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