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Ireland’s Equine Summit

Sasha Kerins Sasha Kerins

The 2017 GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech Equine Summit, supported by Grant Thornton and The Irish Field will take place on the 9th November 2017 in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

The 2017 Equine Summit will bring together the thoroughbred and sporthorse sectors of the industry in a day-long series of presentations and discussions with equine experts and industry leaders.

The event will kick off with a welcome address from Glanbia Group Chairman Henry Corbally followed by a keynote address from Founder and President of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons.

A plenary discussion on the equine industry in Ireland will form the central part of the day. This will be chaired by Leo Powell, Editor of The Irish Field and feature Brian Kavanagh, CEO Horse Racing Ireland; Ronan Murphy, CEO Horse Sport Ireland; Noel Cawley, Chairman Teagasc and Meta Osborne, Senior Steward of The Turf Club.  Equine industry wide statistics will also be presented by Grant Thornton.

Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend a break out session to explore topics more specific to the thoroughbred or sporthorse sides of the equine industry.

Tickets for the event cost €55 and are now available to purchase online at

Glanbia Group Chairman, Henry Corbally commented:

“We are delighted to partner with Alltech, Grant Thornton and The Irish Field to host the Equine Summit, a unique occasion to bring together the thoroughbred and sporthorse sides of the equine industry. The event reinforces GAIN’s commitment to the equine industry, while supporting our customers and the industry at large.”

Founder and President of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons, added:

“Ever since Alltech sponsored the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Kentucky, I have been curious about what the Irish equine industry could do and I hope the Equine Summit will address new opportunities for this industry. I look forward to speaking at this gathering, which will facilitate open discussion and drive disruptive thinking for the future of the equine industry.”

Leo Powell, Editor of The Irish Field said:

The importance of both the thoroughbred and sporthorse sectors to Ireland’s economy is incalculable. Together they are worth some €2.5 billion and provide huge direct and secondary employment throughout the island. This makes it a vital component of both the agricultural and agri-related sectors and this summit will highlight that importance to a wider audience.”

Sasha Kerins, Tax Partner Grant Thornton added: “Grant Thornton are delighted to be involved in this inaugural Equine Summit through which we aim to provide industry led insights to our clients and contacts across both the thoroughbred and sporthorse sectors”.

Additional speakers will be announced closer to the date.