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Latest News: Updated 1 June 2004

Girls running for IHWT!

Six brave ladies are taking part in the 'Womens Mini Marathon' on June 7th. This 10k (6.2miles) race is run through the streets of South Dublin and the girls are supporting the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.

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On Friday 8th May 2004 a crew from Ireland's newest television station, TV3 , paid a vist to our main stables at Redcross to film an insert for their very popular "Go Racing" programme. The visit lasted most of the day and included interviews with Sharon on the history and workings of the IHWT - with special emphasis on the "Racehorse Retraining" programme. Beverley, our resident trainer was also interviewed and she ably demonstrated long-reigning and dressage. The programme is currently in the editing room and as soon as we know the broadcast date you will read it here first! An estimated airing date is late May 2004. An internet movie/MPEG file will also be available on this site for those who want to watch it again...and again...and again..!

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On Thursday 7 May 2004 most of the IHWT volunteers and troops assembled with one of our very well behaved horses (Taggy) at Dublin’s St. Stephens Green to witness former Irish soccer international Niall Quinn & broadcaster Tracy Piggott launch our "Stop Live Exports of Horses for Slaughter” campaign. It was a great success resulting in many newspaper features and radio exposure. Special thanks to everyone involved. The petition is available to sign and download on the Campaigns page.

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Older News :

IHWT has moved to new premises at Ballydonnell Stables, Redcross, Co Wicklow. The facility has 15 stables including isolation, barns, storage, an all weather arena and 19 acres. IHWT Stables is not open to the public but visits can be made by arrangement.

Fundraising Events
Upcoming Events:




Golf Classic ( details to be confirmed)

For further details on any of the above, please contact us

Past Events:
22.03.03, Racing Club of Ireland 21st Birthday Awards Dinner
Held at Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co Kildare in aid of Irish Horse Welfare Trust and Riding for Disabled Association of Ireland. Par Excellence awards went to Dermot Weld, Aidan O Brien and Tony McCoy. Special guests were Barry "Bismark" Dennis and Carrie Humble of The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre in the UK. We are happy to announce that almost 5,000 euro was raised for IHWT.

07.03.03, Cheltenham Preview
The Star Newspaper in association with Paddy Power Bookmakers held A Cheltenham Preview in the Submarine Bar, Crumlin, Dublin. In aid of Irish Horse Welfare Trust and Crumlin Hospital. The Cheltenham Preview raised 3,500 euro for IHWT!

22.03.03, Irish Times
Horses for Main Courses
Thousands of Irish horses are exported for slaughter each year against state policy - almost 2 million euro worth of such exports were registered with the Revenue Commissioners last year. Chances are if it weren't for the Irish Horse Welfare Trust Dancer (horse pictured) would have ended up on a dinner plate by now. One of hundreds of thoroughbreds which leave racing each year, the gelding faced such a fate when he retired last September. For an also-ran, the only question was whether he would be slaughtered or traded first, the latter possibly leading to a spiral of abuse and neglect. He could have ended up on a shipment overseas with no food or water for 20 hours if exported for slaughter. Given over instead to the Irish Horse Welfare Trust the horse was re-trained and re-homed. The trusts work has pricked the conscience of the horse industry which for many years has had a blind spot. Already the trust is making its presence felt, not only in the area of ex-racehorses and their slaughtering, but on drug trials too. Having discovered one such trial in the south-east, in which 20 horses were abused - some of them broken down thoroughbreds - the trust took the Department of Agriculture to the European Court of Justice over its failure to police the sector. Ireland was condemned in the case.

19.01.03, Sunday Mirror
Horse Trade takes Policy for a Ride
An estimated 2,000 horses a year are exported from Ireland to be slaughtered the Irish Sunday Mirror can reveal.'Many of the doomed horses are spending their final hours in cramped conditions, without food or water or being cared for. The sickening trade is continuing despite the fact that Ireland has a state policy from the Haughey era that declares we do not export horses for slaughter. Sharon Newsome of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust said that Ireland's stance on exporting horses for slaughter is unclear and there are no official figures available for the number of horses being exported. The Irish Horse Welfare Trust has brought its concerns to the Department of Agriculture. We need the Department to do it's job says Sharon.

December 2002, The Examiner
Come in, she said, I'll give you shelter from the storm
Detailed the setting up of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust and it's work in rescueing, re-habilitating and re-homing horses and ponies in Ireland.

November 2002, The Wicklow People
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust held their official launch at a reception and auction in the Summer Hill Hotel recently. Officiating over the launch were Col. William Ringrose and Kevin Smith. Also in attendance representatives from racing and other equestrian disciplines.

October 2002, Equestrian Ireland Magazine
Working in equine welfare and recognising that there was no central organisation in Ireland solely dedicated to the welfare of equines, three admirable ladies set decided for set up the Irish Horse Welfare Trust which gained charitable status in 2001. The main function of the organisation is the protection of equines, which includes rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of horses and ponies and campaigning on issues affecting horses in Ireland. The trust has also initiated for the first time in Ireland, a Racehorse Re-training for Re-homing Programme. The aim of the programme is to give at least some ex-racehorses the chance at living out a happy and useful life.


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