Horse Sport Ireland have received instructions from Sport Ireland that all equestrian competitions & activities, including those for Professional/Elite Athletes, must now be suspended, while the country remains on Level 5 restrictions.
While Horse Sport Ireland fully understands the impact that this suspension of equestrian activity and competitions will have on our industry which employs over 14,000 people, we also are acutely aware that many businesses across Ireland find themselves in a similar position during this public health emergency.
Travel required specifically for the care of animals, such as feeding, breeding activities and veterinary care, continues to be allowed in Level 5.
Horse Sport Ireland await confirmation on permissible controlled training for our defined High Performance squads within the Olympic disciplines.
In addition, as per Government guidelines, non-contact training can continue for school aged children only, outdoors in pods of up to 15. You are allowed to take school-aged children to permitted training even if it is outside 5km of home. Horse Sport Ireland are awaiting clarification of whether coaches are also permitted outside of 5km to train school aged children.
At present Sport Ireland guidance does not permit Adult Training.
The following is permitted:
Non-contact training for school aged children
The following is advised:
• Underage activity refers to those in primary and secondary school who are aged 18 years and younger
• Participants and coaches may travel beyond the 5km limit to attend training. Car-pooling should be avoided
• Outdoor facilities may open only to allow the activity to take place. Only those participating in and conducting the training session should attend. This is only for non contact training in which participants are able to comfortably maintain 2 meter distance.
Training excludes the use of any Indoor Facilities, Club Rooms, Changing Rooms (or any related Touch Points) which should be closed.