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Equine Sport

Equine Sport

The equine sport industry in Ireland is one of the most lucrative to the economy worth millions annually and employing thousands of people. Horse Breeding is the largest area, followed by competition and the leisure sector.

Ireland has an international reputation as an expert leader in the equestrian world. Irish equine companies also supply products and services across the spectrum from nutrition, biotech and engineering to equipment, apparel and medicines.

The Leisure sector of the horse industry provides job opportunities across four components; equestrian centres, recreation; showing and hunting. Activities include country shows, inter-school competitions, riding clubs and pony clubs. 

The Irish equine industry provides employment, trade, sport and enjoyment but most importantly is a vital cog for tourism in Ireland. The significant prize money involved with horse racing drives international competitiveness in the racing industry. Ireland is recognised as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding.

Fáilte Ireland approved equestrian centres offer a range of horse-riding options, from beach treks and leisurely hacks, to cross-country jumping and multi-day trips all providing a range of employment prospects. 

Occupations in Equine Sport
(sorted by Job Zone)

Stablehand / Groom

Cares for horses and ponies at stables, feeding, grooming and exercising them.

Professional Horse / Event Rider

Trains, prepares, and rides horses for professional competitions.


Exercises race horses and rides them in competitive races for the race horse owner.

Riding / Equestrian Instructor

Trains and instructs people to ride and care for ponies and horses at a stables.

Cares for outdoor sports pitches and arenas like golf courses and tennis courts.