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This module was designed to enable students to understand the business environment within the Irish equine industry. It examines the range of equine firms operating within Ireland. It will offer insights into the interplay between the various equine business, industry stakeholders, and the business environment in which they operate in Ireland.
This module will give students a comprehensive knowledge of the size and economic importance of both the thoroughbred and sport horse sectors of the Irish equine industry relative to our main international competitors, including population/production figures, participant numbers, regional centres of excellence, numbers employed, and performance parameters. It examines the organisational structure and responsibilities and critically evaluates the objectives of the governing and relevant industry bodies. It appraises the input and response by the governing bodies and industry stakeholders to Government policies. It identifies and assesses the financial support structures in place within the industry and the role of public funding.
Students will learn about and can discuss Government policy and topical issues of concern within the industry with expert staff and, where appropriate, industry practitioners as part of a guest speaker series within the module. Specifically, the module will assess the status of the Irish equine industry within the international equine industry. It will explore the potential for future growth and development of the equine industry on the world stage.
This module aims to ensure students critically evaluate the following: the structure, size and economic importance of the Irish equine industry, the historical and current Government policy towards the sector, the financial support structures in place, the role of all industry stakeholders and the status of the Irish equine industry within the international equine industry.