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TF Mares Sale

IHRA are pleased to announce a French Trotter Broodmares in Foal Sale

The IHRA and LeTrot have compiled a list of over 150 quality mares that are in foal and due to foal in 2017 to choose from.

These selected Mares will travel back to Ireland in the next two weeks to foal in Ireland and can then be covered with our stallions standing in Ireland.

The Mares being offered are of a very high breeding quality and are in foal to quality French Stallions.

There is also a high number of premium mares on the list which carry a €700 subsidy from LeTrot when the mares are scanned back in foal and this continues until the mare is finished breeding.

You also have the 20% covering subsidy and the 10% breeders bonus which means the breeder of any French breed foal born in Ireland will receive 10% of all prize money the resulting foal earns during its racing career, this is a separate fund to the prize money that the horse earns.

Also in 2020 when our Irish breed trotters are three, the opportunity to buy young three year olds out of France will be dramatically curtailed to favour horses bred in Ireland and this will also be reflected in the increased prize money that Irish bred horses will race for from 2020.

This is a great opportunity to get into the breeding of French Trotters and avail of the many incentives on offer.

The cost of the mare landed in Ireland and covering fee paid is projected to be €4,700, normal selecting criteria will apply.

Please contact:
Mark Flanagan
+353 (86) 269 8399

James Sullivan
+353 (87) 257 1330

IHRA Breeding Initiatives

As you might be aware the IHRA have embarked on an ambitious breeding plan over the next ten years as part of their strategy to grow the industry. This plan started last year with the breeding of 40 Trotting Mares in France and resulting foals due over the next couple of months.

As part of the initial breeding initiative we advised breeders that there will be a breeding premium of 10% paid on these foals earning from 2020 onwards. This is payable to the breeder throughout the horses racing career.
This means if a horse wins €1,000 the registered breeder at the time of foaling will receive €100 and continues until the horse retires from racing.

Further on from that the IHRA want to introduce a covering subsidy for covering a French Mare to an Irish based French stallion.
A grant/subsidy of 20% of the cost of stallion fee is being introduced and applies to 2017 coverings, to be paid within 30 days of live foal or 30 days after notification of live foal. Available to all owners of French Mares who cover to French Stallions standing in Ireland.

Due to recent enquiries the IHRA in conjunction with Letrot are organising a sale for broodmares who are in foal and are due to foal in 2017 which will also help increase our Irish bred horses available to race in 2020. The cost of these Mares will be approx €4,700 and include the 2016 stallion fee, vat, transport and associated costs while the Mare is in France. We envisage these Mares arriving back in Ireland in late February.
The IHRA plan to introduce a more extensive plan for the Breeding Industry in Ireland that will take into account all breeding activity being carried out in middle of 2017.
Again the Board of the IHRA wish to thank all its members for their enthusiasm and engagement in our pursuit in growing our industry.

IHRA Premium meetings 2017

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Eleven Fabulous Days of Racing with close to Half a Million in Purses

June 4th | Dundalk
Harness Racing Returns to Dundalk with Ireland first PMU meeting

  • 5 premium PMU races for Ireland’s top trotters with a purse of €7,000 per race.
  • Also  3 heats of the €120,000 series for our three year old trotters.

June 10th & 11th | Portmarnock
Robert & Peter Grendon Memorial Weekend
€45,000 in total purses

  • Trot Heats & Final with Final winner receiving  first prize of €8,000 
  • Pace Heats & Final with Final winner receiving  first prize of €8,000

July 9th | Portmarnock
Sire Stakes Ireland 
Ireland’s premier race meeting for Irish and British bred horses by nominated stallions

  • Two Year Old Colts and Fillies Divisions
  • Three Year Old Colts and Fillies Divisions

July 15th & 16th | Portmarnock
The Barney Joyce Memorial Weekend

  • Three Year Olds Colts Division. Total Purse €15,000 & Final winner receiving €10,000
  • Three Year Olds Fillies Division. Total Purse €8,000 & Final winner receiving €5,000
  • M50 Skip Hire Heats & Finals
  • Pace Total Purse €5,000
  • Trot Total Purse€8,500

August 12th & 13th | Portmarnock
Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend

Ireland’s Premier weekend with Total Purses of €100,000

  • VDM Hanover Shoe Farm 2 year-old colt division Purse €25,000
  • VDM Diamonds Creek Farms 2 year-old fillies division  Purse €25,000
  • Alabar/Oakwood 3 year-old colt division Purse €10,000
  • Alabar/Oakwood 3 year-old fillies division Purse €10,000
  • Paul Murtagh Snr 4 year-old horse division Purse €3,500
  • Paul Murtagh Snr 4 year-old new mares division Purse €3,500
  • Rocknroll Heaven / Pet Rock Irish American FFA pace  Purse €5,000
  • Elvin / Delaney FFA trot  Purse €5,000
  • PJI Engineering JFFA pace  Purse €2,000

August 19th & 20th | Manch Cork
Red John O’Donovan Memorial Weekend
Total Weekend Purses of €100,000

  • Red John Memorial Pace
  • Heats & Final, Total Final Purse of €20,000 with winner receiving €10,000
  • Consolation Final Purse €5,000 Heats €1,600
  • Maven Cup Trot
  • Heats & Final, Total Final Purse of €20,000 with winner receiving €10,000
  • Consolation Final Purse €8,000 / Heats €2,800
  • Oakwood Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship

September 24th | Portmarnock
Ireland’s First €100,000 Purse Day for Trotters

  • Gold Division
  • Three Year Old  Trotters
  • Silver Division
  • Three Year Old Trotters
  • Bronze Division
  • Three Year Old Trotters
  • Premium Trot Races For All Grades

NOTICE re Stud Book Transfer

This is a FINAL reminder to the owners of Standardbred Race Horses, Broodmares and Stallions currently owned and resident in Ireland that are registered in the STAGBI Stud Book which have not yet been transferred to the IHRA Stud Book……….you now have a short window of opportunity until Tuesday 14th of February to complete this transaction at the reduced STAGBI fee of £25Stg (€30).

After this date the STAGBI fee will revert to £50Stg and any horses that remain non compliant after this date will be required to deal directly with STAGBI to have this transaction completed prior to race clearance for race horses, prior to registration of the progeny of Broodmares and prior to the issuing of Covering Certificates for registered Stallions.

The STAGBI Stud Book transfer form is available to download on the home page of the IHRA Website

ONLY applications received in the IHRA Office by midday on 14th February complete with the appropriate fees will be eligible to be processed at the reduced rate.

Please note Trotteur Francais Horses are exempt from this process.

IHRA Notice Jan/17

The Irish Harness Racing Association has setup a Veterinary Welfare & Integrity division which will operate independently from the main IHRA Board of Directors and will report to and be funded by the Board. It will comprise initially of seven people including two representatives from the main board Mr James Levis & Mr James O’Sullivan, IHRA Senior Steward Mr Peter Clarke and four external parties who have no direct involvement with harness racing who bring both Veterinary and Equine expertise to this division which will have full responsibility for all aspects of integrity, welfare and rules of racing and is in accordance with governance best practice as defined by the Department of Agriculture.

It is envisaged that there will be significant increased emphasis on the integrity testing process in 2017 with the use of TCO2 analysers which are currently being procured for all race meetings to be held at Portmarnock, Annaghmore, Cork and Dundalk with increases in the number and levels of samples for Laboratory analysis which will include Cobalt.

A training program for Stewards has been organised by Le Trot with a team of six people from Ireland expected to travel to France for this program in early March.
A large contingent from Ireland is expected to travel to Paris for this weekend’s Prix d’Amerique at Vincennes.
The UET General Assembly takes place at Vincennes on Saturday where Ireland now takes its place as a full member.
The IHRA once again takes a stand in the International Village at Vincennes for Friday’s proceedings with the assistance of Enterprise Ireland and Board Bia who are now actively promoting Ireland’s harness racing sector. Irish companies Horseware Ireland, Connolly’s Red Mills and Foran Equine will also have trade stand exhibitions at Vincennes on Friday courtesy of the IHRA. Representatives from both Enterprise Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland will be invited guests of the Irish Harness Racing Association at Paris Vincennes this coming weekend.

The economic study commissioned by the Minister for Agriculture is now at and advanced stage with an interim report due in late February.

Barney Joyce Memorial Entries

♞ The Barney Joyce Memorial 3 Year Old Championship ♞

Heats & Finals at Portmarnock Raceway
Sat & Sun 15th & 16th July 2017

Colts/Geldings division Purse €15,000
€10,000 to the winner
Sponsored by the Joyce Family

Fillies Division estimated purse €8000*

€5,000 to the winner
Sponsored by Lisadell Equine Hospital

Entry Form

Terms & Conditions apply!

IHRA – STAGBI Notice……

Following a recent meeting between the IHRA & STAGBI  it has been agreed between both parties that a temporary concession on the current STAGBI Stud Book transfer fee of £50 sterling (€60)per horse will be reduced to £25 (€30) up to the 14th February 2017. This concession was sought on the basis that it now appears that there are still a considerable number of Broodmares for which Covering Certificates have been applied for to the IHRA that have still not been Stud Book transferred to allow registration of their 2017 progeny. This concession will also apply for any Stallions and race horses that have not yet been transferred.

It has also been agreed that the IHRA will only issue Covering Certificates for the 2016 breeding season forward for Stallions standing at Stud and/or resident in Ireland and any retrospective certificates for registered Stallions will be issued by STAGBI, this course of action is to ensure the integrity of both Stud Books going forward.

STAGBI  Mating Certificates for Stallions owned and/or resident in Ireland will only be issued up to and including the 2015 breeding season.


VDM entries

  • Diamond Creek Farms Vincent Delaney Memorial Fillies Final
  • Hanover Shoe Farms Vincent Delaney Memorial Colt/Gelding Final
  • Alabar – Oakwood Three Year – Old Fillies Final
  • Alabar – Oakwood Three Year – Old Colts / Gelding Final
  • Yirribee Stud Paul Murtagh Four Year – Old Mares Final
  • Yirribee Stud Paul Murtagh Four Year – Old Horse Final