ITM Irish Stallion Trail limited to breeding industry
We are pleased that the ITM Irish Stallion Trail is able to go ahead this January, but feel it is in the best interests of farms and public health to limit attendance to the breeding industry.ITM CEO Charles O'Neill
Attendance at the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) Irish Stallion Trail 2022 will be limited to breeders and those directly involved in the breeding industry due to Covid-19.
Over 25 stallion farms are set to participate in the Trail, which is scheduled for Friday January 14 and Saturday January 15, 2022. In normal years the Trail is open to racing fans and members of the public, but attendance will be limited to the breeding industry on this occasion in order to protect public health and minimise risk to farms ahead of the covering season.
Visitors to studs will be asked to comply with a Covid-19 code of conduct developed by Horse Racing Ireland Health and Safety and available on the ITM website. There will be no indoor element to the Trail so visitors should dress for the weather.
The ITM Irish Stallion Trail is a completely free event. Visitors are simply asked to register which studs they intend to visit via the ITM website. Visitors are then free to visit their chosen studs at the time of their choosing within the studs' advertised opening hours. Please note that due to demand it is mandatory to register for a specific date and time slot in order to visit Coolmore Stud. Visitors to Coolmore Stud will also be required to show a valid Covid Certificate. Racing fans and members of the public who have already registered for the Trail will unfortunately no longer be able to attend.
Commenting on the ITM Irish Stallion Trail 2022, Charles O’Neill of ITM, said: “We are pleased that the ITM Irish Stallion Trail is able to go ahead this January, but feel it is in the best interests of farms and public health to limit attendance to the breeding industry. Irish stallion farms stand some of the most successful sires on the planet and make a significant contribution to the Irish economy. While we are keen to promote Irish thoroughbred breeding to a broad audience through the Trail, we recognise our responsibility to minimise risk to farms ahead of the covering season and do what is right regarding public health.”
For further information and to register for the ITM Irish Stallion Trail 2022, visit www.itm.ie/stalliontrail or email [email protected]