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Nigel Quigley will represent Ireland in the Amateurs Cup in Paris

Change of Irish Driver in Coupe D’Europe Des Amateurs 2020
Due to personal circumstances, Timmy O Leary cannot travel to France to participate in the Amateur Race this coming weekend in Vincennes.
Thankfully, we have secured the drive to our substitute driver, Nigel Quigley.

The IHRA wish Nigel the very best of luck in what is, his very first international drive.  

Racecard will be drawn on Thursday
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Funding for Pony Trot Programme

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing Dormant Account funding for 2020!

IHRA as affiliate of Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) applied for the Sports Inclusion Fund through Dormant Accounts and received €40,000 of €50,000 sought for development of comprehensive educational programme for children aged 7-15.

Funding will cover marketing, expenses, educational equipment purchase, and staff involved in the programme.

This programme will target children of 7-15 years old giving the opportunity to be educated in harness racing and horses, learn of the importance to have recognised rules in place, horse welfare and learn driving basics in safe environment of the racetrack.

Key outcome will include providing alternatives for young people from disadvantaged background to participate in society in a meaningful manner through sport.

It is the plan to have a graduation ceremony at the end of the  course and to identify one participant in each age category, 7 – 10 year olds, 10 – 13 year olds and 13 – 15 year olds to go on to represent Ireland on an international basis at the European Trotting Championships in future.

The programme is currently in progress and will be launched in the near future. 

Follow the link to read more about the Dormant Accounts Funding

IHRA Secures Driver Representation in Coupe D’Europe Des Amateurs 2020

IHRA Secures Driver Representation in Coupe D’Europe Des Amateurs 2020
The IHRA are pleased to announce that LeTrot have confirmed that the IHRA will once again be represented in the Prix De Saint Claude at the Hippodrome de Vincennes, Paris on 25th January, the annual Coupe D’Europe Des Amateurs Race. 
The 2019 IHRA Regional Driver of the Year for Cork, Timmy O’Leary will represent Ireland in the event which takes place the day before the annual Grand Prix d’Amerique which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

The directors of the IHRA would like to wish Timmy the very best of luck in this race and believe it is a fitting tribute to him following his regional award last November. 
In the nomination process, Nigel Quigley was nominated as the substitute driver for the race, should Timmy O’Leary not be able to attend. 

2020 Racing Season Opening

The 2020 Racing Season will start with a Premium Graded Meeting at Portmarnock Raceway on March 29th.
Racing will continue until late November with at least one race meeting be held weekly.
A full calendar will be released shortly with full schedule of racing for 2020.

IHRA Office Christmas Holidays

The IHRA Office will be closed from today Friday 20th December 2019 until Monday 6th January.  Any urgent enquiries please email:

The IHRA Board of Directors wishes all its Members, Promoters and Supporters a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Drimoleague RR entries

Drimoleague Entries:
Horses in Red are not cleared to race. Connections are advised to make contact with the IHRA office before 12noon tomorrow, Friday 20th December to sort their affairs. Any horse after this time will not be cleared to race.RR Drim 2019

RIP Bernie Kelly

With regret we learn of the untimely passing of Bernadette Kelly
Bernie has given a lifetime service to Harness Racing in Ireland acting in numerous roles amongst the various organisations and committee’s that have transcended our sport over the years, the Irish Harness Racing Club / STAGBI, Irish Standardbred Association, Whitehouse Raceway, Collon Raceway Development, Standardbred Horse Racing Ireland, Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee and Portmarnock Raceway.
She represented Ireland at World Trotting Conference’s on a number of occasions most recently in Paris in 2013. She worked diligently over the years for the betterment of our sport, whether on race day or at her former home in Mulhuddert in west Dublin or at social gatherings Bernie was always on call and available to deal with a myriad of equine and sporting matters and had a vision of where and how our sport needed to progress.
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to her husband Paul, sons Paul, Aaron & Lee her daughter Grace and their extended families.
From All At The Irish Harness Racing Association

Pony News

While we are working on our plans for Pony Trot Series, here’s some useful information for those planning to get involved in 2020

🐎 Pony camps and qualifiers for ALL ponies and drivers prior and during racing season.

🐎 Trotting ponies only
🐎 Pony max height 13.3hh measured with shoes.
Pony has to be older than 3 years of age (teeth may be checked), have passport, be microchipped and have vaccinations up to date.
Ponies will be cleared by the track veterinarian and measured by the stewards.
🐎 Before racing season each pony will have to be qualified, handicapped and be approved by the stewards as safe to go.

🐎 Junior Drivers will have their own Pony Trot membership and insurance (more info to follow soon)

🐎 Children aged 7-15
Drivers will have to pass their driving exam before entering into races. Each young driver will have to prove their ability to drive a pony independently.
If exam is not passed, they will be racing in the NOVICE race with backup driver until ready to drive on their own in the INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED races.

🐎 The Tiny Hooves – children aged 4 to 6 years, ponies max height 10.2hh (max one race per race meeting) only allowed with backup drivers.

Helmet, body protector, registered racing silks (or at least registered colour of the jacket), short leather boots and driving glasses and long pants. strictly no runners.

The Tiny Hooves distance 400m
Novice to Advanced – 1000m
Max trailing 400m

Stay tuned for the Racing calendar and training programme!

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