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Annaghmore Sat 19th of May 2018

Inchydoney Sunday 20th of May

IHRA April Prize Money Payments

IHRA April Prize Money Payments
Payments for April Prize Money will be made today the 17th of May by bank transfer.
Statements for anyone who raced in April will also be sent out by email.

Flu vaccination……………..

There are THREE primary flu vaccinations before annual boosters:
1st – Primary Vaccination must be given
2nd – Primary Vaccination between 21 and 92 days after 1st primary vaccination
3rd – Primary Vaccination between 150 and 215 days after 2nd primary vaccination
Further booster vaccinations at intervals of not more than a year apart (365 days)

REMEMBER – The first two vaccinations must be given BEFORE a horse can be taken to a racetrack
REMEMBER – None of the vaccinations must have been given on the day of a race in which the horse is declared to run or on any of the six days before the race
REMEMBER – to COMPLETE the programme by having the third vaccination – the time for this could well be in Autumn after the horse has been turned out for winter
REMEMBER – The current Owner/Trainer of the horse is responsible for ensuring the FLU VAC RECORD is correct

Portmarnock 13th of May

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Portmarnock Raceway Race Card 6th of May

Portmarnock May 6th 2018

IHRA Members update

As you are aware the Irish Harness Racing Association (IHRA) is currently working toward the completion of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) funded Five-Year Strategic Plan. This document is to be our blueprint identifying all that Irish Harness Racing can and will be in the coming years.

The extensive document will cover all aspects of the Industry from breeding to racing, horse numbers required, to domestic and international betting and revenue opportunities, infrastructure needs along with other areas such as the Integration and Pony programmes.

Minister Creed and DAFM have followed through on recommendations within the Indecon Report and supported this Five-Year Strategic Plan through the 100% funding of its preparation – something which rarely, if ever, occurs. Through this act alone, it shows their true commitment to a long-term future for harness racing in Ireland.

A Five-Year Strategic Plan means this industry can grow from its already developing base and enjoy a position of support and endorsement from Government. This can only improve the sport in Ireland and also maintain and enhance Ireland’s place on the world stage of the sport of Harness Racing.

The commitment by the Government and Department was further evidenced last Sunday in an Irish Times article relating to sulky racing. Minister Creed identified the future role of the IHRA in relation to serving the wider community through education and a race track. The Minister stated:
‘…encourage participants to move away from road racing practices and move to racing on tracks and to engage with the regulated sport of harness racing on tracks, as operated by the Irish Harness Racing Association…’

Through the support of Government funding and as part of the Five-Year Strategic Plan, IHRA recently conducted open forums and meetings with Members and Stakeholders in Northern Ireland, Cork and Dublin.

These consultations were led and moderated by the Independent Consultant Allen McAdam. They were a means for all in attendance to address questions and issues that have arisen relating to the future of the sport and to provide an opportunity to talk in small discussion groups and imagine ways to grow and develop the industry.

Your input at these meetings has provided a solid foundation of ideas and suggestions on which to base the Five-Year Strategic Plan.

These gatherings were highly successful and will play an important role in the shaping of the Strategic Plan that will be published in the coming months.

If you were unable to attend, or have had other ideas since the meetings, there will be a further opportunity to provide your thoughts to help shape the Five-Year Strategic Plan. This will be in the form of a survey and these will be sent during the coming weeks.

A lot of good ideas were forthcoming at the Stakeholder Meetings. Information that will shape the future is needed and this survey will provide you with the opportunity to make further contributions to the Strategy process.

Last Saturday Allen McAdam held another round of training and meetings’. This time it was for both the IHRA Board and IHRA Committee Members. The purpose was for Committees’ to conduct their monthly meeting and also continue training in areas relating to Governance of an Organization. The theme was to instill in each participant the importance of the role good Governance and to follow correct procedures in the operation of an Association such as the IHRA.

Subject matter touched on included the mindset of an individual and a collective Association, behavior and responsibilities of both a Board and Committees, as well as decision making, policies and following correct procedures.

As we continue to move forward these learning sessions will prove to be invaluable and enable us to grow in Ireland and to nurture the development of the sport.

Finally, don’t forget the PMU Meeting scheduled at Dundalk on Sunday 3 June. On the card will be five PMU Races worth €30.000 in prize money. The meeting will be broadcast into France after the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby). More details to follow. We look forward to seeing you all there.

4th of May 2018

Dundalk – Premium

 The Irish Harness Racing Association are proud to announce the 2018 PMU Meeting to be held in Dundalk Stadium on June 3rd. 
Racing is scheduled to start at 3.30pm
The card will be split into 2 programs.
The first program is scheduled to start at 3.30pm will be a mix of Premium Trotting and Pacing Races.
The second program is scheduled to start at 5.30pm and will be Five full PMU Races with a combined Prize Fund of €30,000.
Trotting Races will be for both Four Year Olds and Older Trotters.
More information to follow soon ..

Race Card 29of April

Portmarnock Raceway

Portm Apr 29th 2018

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