By Susan Finnerty
Photography: Courtesy HSI
Horse Sport Ireland, the national body for the Irish Sport Horse industry, has a new chairman with the appointment of Kildare businessman Joe Reynolds. The announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed and Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross was made earlier this month.
And in a further shake-up (or down-sizing from its original unwieldy size) of Horse Sport Ireland, three ministerial appointments were made three days later when Lucinda Creighton, Clare Hughes and Mary Lambkin Coyle were added to the Horse Sport Ireland board.
Joe Reynolds, whose daughter Judy competed in dressage at the Rio Olympics and recent World Equestrian Games, replaces acting chairman Jim Beecher who has held that role since February 2017.
The businessman, sport horse breeder and racehorse owner joined the Board of Horse Sport Ireland two years ago and is a member of its Finance, HR and Commercial Committee and Dressage and Para Dressage High Performance Committee.
Speaking after the appointment was announced, Joe Reynolds said: “I am delighted to take up the position of chairman in an organisation which I have been involved with for many years. Exceptional strides have been made on the Indecon recom-mendations, within Horse Sport Ireland, over the past 12 months and we are now at a very exciting stage. I am very much looking forward to continuing that good work with the management team.”..
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