Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association

HRI Announces IRE Incentive Scheme
HRI Announces IRE Incentive Scheme

The IRE Incentive Scheme, which sets out to stimulate and fortify Irish Thoroughbred breeding, racing and sales, has been launched by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). The scheme will award a bonus of €10,000 to any owner of Irish-bred winners of 150 selected races across the Irish Flat and National Hunt programmes which may then be redeemed at bloodstock auctions in Ireland. The first nominated race takes place Friday at Dundalk. Qualifying races will include 2-year-old fillies' maidens; 2-year-old auction maidens and median auction races; 3-year-old median auction maidens; and National...

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Nominations Open For 2021 Irish GSSS Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, and close at 5 p.m. local time on Monday, Apr. 19. The Irish GSSSAs are held in association with the Irish Stablestaff Association, the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, Racing Post and Horse Racing Ireland. The 10 award categories offer combined prizemoney of over €85,000. Besides prizemoney allocated for the winner, the two finalists and their employers, €100 will be set aside to the short-listed candidates in eight of the award categories. Sandra Hughes, Godolphin's Irish Stud...

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ITBA Award Winners Honoured

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association honored the human and equine stars of 2020 during a virtual ceremony for its National Breeding and Racing Awards on Saturday evening. The ITBA Hall of Fame inductee for 2020 was the Irish National Stud. Ireland's Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue accepted the honor on behalf of the Irish State, while President Michael D Higgins wrote a personal message to the Irish National Stud in recognition of its national importance. The popular Wild Geese Award, honoring an Irish national who has made an impact on...

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ITBA National Breeding and Racing Awards Announced

The 2020 Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association National Breeding & Racing Awards will be announced via a virtual ceremony at 7:30 p.m. local time on Jan. 30. The virtual ceremony will be released on all ITBA social media channels, as well as the ITBA website. This is the first time the ceremony will be conducted virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ITBA chairman John McEnery said, "Despite all the many challenges facing the industry in 2020, Irish breeders and Irish bred horses continued to excel on both the national and...

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2019 ITBA Northern Region Awards Announced

The 2019 Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Northern Region Award winners have been announced. Overall there were 79 Flat winners (£1.72m) in 2019 and 88 National Hunt winners (£1.39m). The award winners are as follows: 3yo Winner: Thomas Foy, Pogo (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) Older Horse: Colin Kennedy, Chatez (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) G1 Winner: John Yarr, A Wave Of The Sea (Ire) (Born To Sea {Ire}) Cheltenham Winner: Aaron Metcalfe, Ravenhill (Ire) (Winged Love {Ire}) G1 Winner: Aaron Metcalfe, Slate House (Ire) (Presenting {GB}) 2yo: Max Ervine, Wichita (Ire) (No Nay...

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ITBA Releases Movement of Mares Protocol During COVID-19 Outbreak

A new protocol for safe mare movement during the breeding season was announced by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association on Sunday. Despite Irish racing being halted on Mar. 24 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Ireland beginning its own lockdown, breeding practices are allowed to continue. The ITBA statement is as follows: When transporting your mare to stud/boarding farm breeders should make sure they have one official form of picture identification with them and if an employee, have a letter from your employer indicating that you are an essential employee....

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