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JR will represent Ireland in Europeans!

John Richardson has made a cut and is going to represent Ireland in the
The UET European Championship for Drivers
(Norway & Sweden in June 27-28th, 2018)

Top 6 drivers from the Championship will represent their countries in the World Driving Championship in 2019 with Grand Finale during the Elitloppet at Solvalla!

We would like to wish JR the very BEST OF LUCK!
This is history in making as JR will be first Irish representative taking part in the UET Drivers Championship!

Department of Agriculture 2018 Stud Book funding secures new mobile facilities for Cork

Invitation to Irish Harness Racing Public Consultation Meetings

The Irish Harness Racing Association (IHRA) is the National Representative body of the harness racing industry in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In late 2016 the Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine Mr Michael Creed T.D. commissioned an independent review into the sector and duly appointed International Consultants Indecon following an EU tender process.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. published the Indecon Review of the Irish Harness Racing Sector in November 2017

Commenting on the Review, the Minister said; 
“I am delighted to be able to publish this report which will provide the sport with a road map for its potential development. From the outset, I can support the recommendations within my Department’s remit”.

Central to the recommendations within the Indecon Review is the development of a 5 Year
Strategic Plan for the Sector and we are currently in the process of compiling this with a view to
the development of the industry in Ireland and Northern Ireland over the next 5 years.

We are inviting all interested parties who would like to have their say to open public
consultation forums nationwide on 12th, 13th and 14th April 2018.

Meetings will take place at the following venues and times:

Thursday 12th April – Cohannon Inn Dungannon Co Tyrone (J.14 M1 Motorway) – 7-9pm
Friday 13th April – Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co Cork – 7-9pm
Saturday 14th April – Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport – 2-4pm

We wish for you to join us to participate and contribute your ideas and points of view in regardto the future direction of the industry.

Contributions to this five-year strategic plan will help to successfully articulate a clear outline
and understanding of the long term vision for the harness racing industry in Ireland.
Your attendance is most welcome and vitally important to the future of our great sport.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Mark Flanagan
Chairman, Irish Harness Racing Association

Claiming Races 2018

The IHRA Stakeholder Committee at their February meeting put a recommendation to the board that the IHRA should incorporate Optional Claiming Races for Trotteur Francais Horses in the forthcoming season. This recommendation was agreed.
Essentially, this allows owners/trainers to nominate a horse as a claimer into any grade of race regardless of its current grade in the handicap however the claiming amount decreases as you drop grades.
For instance, if you have an A trotter and you would like to put him in as a claimer in a grade E race, he may be claimed for the claiming amount as agreed for this grade.
It was agreed by the committee that this would be a better solution than having specific claiming races as they felt that the volume of claiming horses are not there.

Attached are the full terms and conditions of the “optional claiming races”
Click to download: Claiming Races 2018

We look forward to welcoming new owners & trainers into the sport via this channel.

The UET European Championship for Drivers,

At the last meeting of the IHRA stakeholders meeting it was agreed to send the nomination of John Richardson as the IHRA’s Representative to The UET European Championship for Drivers, that will take  place in Norway & Sweden in June 27-28th, 2018

We cannot confirm at this point if John will be selected or not to drive as only the 4 top driver’s stats from countries in group C will be selected. If John’s Stats are within the top 4, he will be selected to drive.

A table of the top 7 drivers for the 2017 season is attached with their points tallied also.

Download : UET Drivers Championship League Table

Red John Memorial Nominations

Download list of: 2018 Red John Nominations

IHRA Accounts Statement

The IHRA accounts to the year end March 2017 are currently with the Auditors and subject to approval by the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee will be presented at the April Board meeting for approval by the Directors, thereafter they will be furnished to the Companies Office and released to the members.
IHRA CLG is tax compliant in accordance with Company Law.

Download ASM Letter

IHRA Insurance Policy

In 2017 the IHRA procured a common insurance policy covering the following areas for all activities under its remit for the 32 counties of Ireland. This policy came into force in April 2017 and replaced all insurance cover in place in previous years by the individual regional Clubs.

Public Liability: All official race tracks are covered for the purposes of liability to the general public on race day.

Personal Accident Benefit:  All licensed competitors, owners, trainers and grooms are covered in the event of the Insured person sustaining bodily injury subject to the terms, definitions, exclusions and conditions contained in the certificate of cover (see links to Certificate of Insurance & Endorsements)

Directors & Officers Liability: All persons acting in an official capacity including Stewards, organising Committee members, IHRA Board of Directors and IHRA Committee members are covered under this policy.




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