By Kelsey Riley
John Osborne, who is wrapping up an eight-year tenure with the Irish National Stud, has been named Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland Racecourses.
Osborne has held a number of prominent positions in the racing and bloodstock industries including his position as chief executive of the Irish National Stud. Osborne will be responsible for all racecourse activities including strategy, finance, marketing, property, catering and health and safety and will commence the role on July 1.
“We are delighted to appoint John to the position of CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd,” said HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh. “He will shortly conclude a very successful spell as chief executive of the Irish National Stud and will bring his knowledge, experience and unique skillset to this position. John has done an exceptional job at the Irish National Stud and will make a significant contribution to the work of HRI over the coming years.”
Osborne added, “Whilst I will be sad, after eight breeding seasons, to leave the team which has made the National Stud the showcase it now is, I relish the new challenges which the role of CEO of HRI Racecourses Ltd presents and I look forward to helping Irish racing maintain its position as a leader in the Thoroughbred world.”