2017 Equine Summit
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GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech Equine Summit 2017
Striving for Global Excellence
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 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 followed by a choice of the thoroughred or sporthorse breakout discussion afterwards.
The purpose of the Equine Summit is to reinforce the importance of the equine industry to the overall Irish economy from an employment, export, marketing and education point of view. It has been confirmed that Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine will give the keynote address at the Equine Summit.
The topics for the plenary discussion and breakout sessions have also been revealed. The central theme of the summit “Striving for Global Excellence” will feature a plenary discussion titled “How can we evolved, compete and lead the global equine industry- can we collaborate to overcome the challenges? This will be chaired by Leo Powell, Editor of The Irish Field and features 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.
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. For the sporthorse session the discussion will focus on the theme “How can the Irish sporthorse sector position itself in a changing market?” and will be chaired by Suzanne Campbell journalist broadcaster and author. The panel includes Lucinda Creighton – CEO Vulcan Consulting, Cameron Hanley – International Showjumper, Johann Knapp- Director KWPN Dutch Stud Book and Oliver Townend, International Event rider.
The thoroughbred breakout session will be chaired by Lorna Fowler – thoroughbred breeder and trainer, Rahinstown Stud. It will discuss “What does success look like for thoroughbred breeders, an international viewpoint”. Participants in this session include Jim Bolger – Racehorse Trainers and Breeder, Joe Foley – Ballyhane Stud, Richard Aston – Goldford Stud, UK and Brendan Holland, Grove Stud.
Leo Powell, Editor of The Irish Field who is chairing the plenary discussion 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.”
Brian Kavanagh CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, who will be speaking at the plenary session said.. “I’m really looking forward to participating in the Equine Summit. It is through events like this that new ideas are exchanged and discussed and I’m sure it will be a very welcome addition to the equine calendar as we plot our way through the opportunities provided by globalisation and the challenges offered
The Equine summit will kick off at 3pm with a welcome address from Glanbia Group Chairman Henry Corbally followed by a keynote address from Founder and President of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Industry statistics will then be presented by Sasha Kerins, Partner, Head of Agri Food, Grant Thornton before the central plenary discussion commences. Dinner will be served following Minister Creed’s address and the breakout sessions will commence at 6.30pm.
View the Equine Summit full agenda for this one day event here
14.00 Registration Opens
15.00 Welcome Address
Henry Corbally, Chairman Glanbia Ireland and Glanbia plc
15.10 Keynote Address
Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President, Alltech
15.40 Presentation of Industry Statistics
Sasha Kerins, Partner, Head of Agri Food, Grant Thornton
16.00 Plenary Discussion:
How can we evolve, compete and lead the global equine industry – Can we collaborate to overcome the challenges?
- Brian Kavanagh, CEO, Horse Racing Ireland
- Ronan Murphy, CEO, Horse Sport Ireland
- Noel Cawley, Chairman, Teagasc
- Meta Osbourne, Senior Steward, Turf Club
- Leo Powell, Editor, The Irish Field, (Chair)
18.30 Breakout Sessions
Option 1: Sporthorse Breakout Session
How can the Irish Sporthorse sector position itself in a changing market?
- Lucinda Creighton, Vulcan Consulting
- Cameron Hanley, International Showjumper
- Johann Knapp, Director KWPN Dutch Stud Book
- Suzanne Campbell, Broadcaster and Journalist, (Chair)
Option 2: Thoroughbred Breakout Session
What does success look like for thoroughbred breeders, an international view point.
- Jim Bolger, Racehorse Trainer and Breeder
- Joe Foley, Ballyhane Stud
- Richard Aston, Goldford Stud, UK
- Brendan Holland, Grove Stud
- Lorna Fowler, Thoroughbred Trainer and Breeder, (Chair)
Ticket price is €55 and includes Dinner and access to a Breakout Session. Click here to buy your ticket