Joe Reynolds has been announced this morning as the new Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland

Reynolds succeeds Jim Beecher who has held the role on an interim basis since 2017.

He is a successful businessman, sport horse breeder and racehorse owner and has been a member of the Horse Sport Ireland board for the last two years.

He is credited as having played a key role in supporting the significant change programme currently being implemented following the ‘Review of Certain Matters relating to Horse Sport Ireland’ published by Michael Creed TD and produced by Indecon International Consultants last year.

He is also a member of Horse Sport Ireland’s Finance, HR and Commercial Committee and the Dressage and Para-Dressage High Performance Committee.

“I am very pleased that Joe has agreed to take on the challenge of chairing the new Board of Horse Sport Ireland,” said Minister Creed.

“His extensive experience in the equine sector makes him an ideal Chair to provide strategic leadership and continue the implementations recommended by Indecon to expand employment and create the maximum contribution to the Irish economy.”

“I am delighted to take up the position of Chairman in an organisation which I have been involved with for many years,” added Reynolds.

“Exceptional strides have been made on the Indecon recommendations, within Horse Sport Ireland, over the past 12 months and we are now at a very exciting stage. I am very much looking forward to continuing that good work with the management team.”

“I have worked with Joe over the past year on the Board of Horse Sport Ireland and on a number of Committees and we are very fortunate to have someone with his in-depth corporate and sector knowledge, enthusiasm and experience chairing the new Board,” said Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy.

“We are looking forward to continuing to restructure Horse Sport Ireland, drive progress and to provide a platform for the Sport Horse Industry to realise its full potential.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution and support of our previous interim Chairman, Jim Beecher, over the past 18 months and to wish him well for the future.”

Joe Reynolds is expected to take up his position as Horse Sport Ireland Chairman immediately.