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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

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