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2020 Fixtures

 Racing Calendar for 2020 racing season 

Members Update 23 jan

Two major changes have been discussed at committee level and agreed at the last board meeting of the IHRA. These include the change from open class handicap heats and finals for all grades (F+) to a new structure. The restrictions to warm ups was also agreed. For full details of these changes, which will come into effect at the start of the 2020 season, please read the attached document.
At the next scheduled meeting of the committees, the annual review of the racing handicap will be discussed and reviewed. If any member has any suggestions or proposals please send them to with “handicap review” in the subject line or alternatively please contact any member of the three committees.

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
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