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Standardbred Auction at Cavan Equestrian

Ireland is set to hold its first ever Standardbred Public Auction in the Cavan Equestrian Centre in Cavan on Tuesday, October 9 this year.  

“The Cavan Horse Sales and Equestrian Centre are delighted to announce the hosting of the first official Standardbred Sale in Ireland! 
The Cavan Horse Sales management are very excited with our new partnership with the Irish Harness Racing Association and the promotion of this sector in Ireland, which is currently a worldwide sport.” said Rose O’Toole for the Centre.

The development of an Irish Standardbred Sale is an integral part on the IHRA Five Year Strategy. This will give Irish Breeders and Owners an opportunity to showcase their stock to potential buyers whether existing or new. A successful racing industry is underpinned by a world class breeding industry and the IHRA is committed to achieving that within the time frames laid down in its Strategic Plan.

Traditionally both vendor and purchaser of Standardbreds would have to travel to the sales in the UK, USA, Canada and France.
After discussion with breeders, owners and trainers it has been decided to have a public sale here in Ireland, that will hopefully attract buyers from overseas and result in new owners joining the sport.

With the rise in popularity in stakes races and prize money over the past number of years in Ireland it has had a huge impact on the value of yearlings and breeding stock.

There has been a large number of French Trotters and breeding stock imported including mares in foal, and we have been leasing French stallions to continue the breeding program over the last number of years.

This along with the introduction of frozen semen from world class stallions from the USA has really helped the breeding program in Ireland and we are looking forward to hosting our first sale.

Horse Sport Ireland, CEO, Ronan Murphy: “This is the first ever sale of French trotters and pacers in Ireland, most of the animals entered in the sale have been bred in Ireland. I wish the IHRA and Cavan Equestrian every success in this new venture.”
The Cavan Equestrian Centre is located on the edge of Cavan Town in the Republic of Ireland. The complex is situated in the centre of Ireland with easy access to seaports and to the two main International Airports, Dublin & Belfast.

The Centre is the biggest and busiest equestrian centre in Ireland for Showjumping Events and Horse & Pony Auctions.
The facility includes;

  • 450 permanent stables
  • 3 indoor arenas
    • 2 outdoor all-weather arenas
    • 3 grass arenas
  • Restaurant& Bar facilities
  • Large hardcore truck and car park

The sale will feature yearlings, racehorses, broodmares, stallion shares, frozen semen, etc. Some of the farms and stables that have already committed to entering horses in the sale include Newtown Stud, Springhill Stud, Meadowbranch Stables, Moorside Stud and Oakwood Stud.

Entries Close 07/09/2018
Enter online:
Download form (click)
Printed forms  will be available at Portmarnock Raceway entry office

For more information, contact Ger Kane,  James Delaney
or  call  Cavan Equestrian phone 049 4332017 or Email


RaceCard 19th of August

Racecard Bandon Aug 19th 2018
Racecard Portmrnock Aug 19th 2018

VDM 2018

Vincent Delaney Memorial Racing Weekend 2018
Another Wonderful Weekend of Top Class Racing is over.
Irish Harness Racing Association along with the VDM committee is very proud of the result achieved by a hard-working team, weeks before and during the event ensuring everything is in place.

For the very first time we streamed 2 days race meeting LIVE from Portmarnock Raceway with very impressive number of viewers on each day! 
To be more precise, we reached over 40k eyes across the world!

Thanks to professional team of presenters, our live feed was interesting and we are sure many will return for replays later.

We would like to thank every single person for their input in the running of the VDM 2018: Generous Sponsors, IHRA office team, stewards, judges, ground team, owners, trainers, drivers, TV production team and supporters of harness racing sport from near and far!

While some horses will be going on well deserved holiday, work will not stop for most.. 
Two more Premium meetings are on the way in 2018, as well as Ladies Day and bunch of Memorials. 
Stay tuned!


 VDM Saturday 11th August

VDM Sunday 12th of August

IHRA Integrity……………

The IHRA Veterinary & Welfare Commission would like to advise that we are in receipt of the following Interity test results.

Dundalk Stadium June 3rd: A TCO2 sample result which was in excess of the agreed threshold.

Portmarnock Raceway: July 15th: A confirmatory analysis for a prohibited substance in a blood sample.

The above matters are currently being dealt with in accordance with IHRA Rules  & Regulations and the outcome of our findings will be published in due course.

VDM start sheet in racing order

final driving changes to be made by 4pm today to IHRA office

VDM Card Race order 2018


VDM entry list

Note: Horses in Red are not cleared to race and need to contact the IHRA immediately

a-z list of VDM entries

Racecards Annaghmore & Ballabuidhe

Racecard Annaghmore Sat 4th August

Racecard Ballabuidhe Sun 5th August


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