HSI in partnership with TREC Trails Ireland Launch Leisure Equestrian Survey

  • 19 September 2022, 18:00

A recent episode (Tues 16th August) of Horse Country on RTE highlighted the wonderful resource that is the Beara Bridleway. TREC Trails Ireland Chairperson, Adrian Flynn, and creator of ‘The Beara Bridle Way’ Jim O’Sullivan, together with local equestrian businesses, were interviewed to promote the enjoyment of this leisurely activity.

TREC Trails Ireland (TTI) is a division of HSI’s Affiliate TREC Ireland and the core objective of TTI is to represent the leisure riding community at a National Level and to work with stakeholders to develop a network of affordable and accessible equestrian trails similar to those that people who have ridden in other European countries will have experienced.

As part of HSI’s ongoing work alongside TTI we believe that one of the fundamental steps in achieving our goals is to gather baseline data on the number of leisure riders in Ireland, document the activities they engage in and highlight the contribution they make to the economy, to develop and tease out opportunities for growth in this sector. Currently there is a complete lack of concrete data in this area, and it is the first time that a comprehensive survey like this has been commissioned.

This survey will be the first in a series of surveys and workshops to be carried out by HSI and TREC Trails Ireland, in the field of non-competitive equestrian activities, and aims to gather much needed information on leisure riding, either as main past time or during non-competitive down-time. The information gathered will go a long way to achieve better infrastructure for leisure riding and Equestrian Trail development.

Click here to complete the survey

Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and is necessary for achieving our goals.

The survey can be taken anonymously if you wish but participants who provide their contact information will be entered in a draw to win one of 10 “HSI Goodie Bags”.