Tender split for studbook and related services is on the cards

ATTENTION switched from the disappointment of Budget 2023 for the Irish sport horse sector to the eagerly awaited tenders for the studbook and related services this week.

After nearly eight months, news of the awarding of the three tenders emerged unofficially this week, almost simultaneously dovetailing in with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s (DAFM) budget announcement of €5.2 million for the sport horse sector.

All tender applicants were notified of the DAFM decisions on Thursday, September 22nd last, triggering a 14-day evaluation period before Ministers can formally announce the successful applicant for each tender competition.

Awarded

However, reliable industry sources said that the Irish Horse Board was awarded the tender for the provision of Marketing Services for the sport horse sector while Horse Sport Ireland retained the studbooks and the National Breeding Services. The Studbook services are divided into three lots – namely, the Irish Sport Horse and the Irish Sport Pony; the Irish Draught and the Irish Cob and Irish Part-bred Cob.

Horse Sport Ireland would not comment this week amid industry speculation that an appeal was likely.