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
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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..!
Click here for photos of the days
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.
Click here for the
press release and photographs.
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.
Golf Classic ( details to be
For further details on any of the above, please contact
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
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.