ITBA Expo: Taoiseach opens 'great event'
THIS year's Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association 2012 was opened at Leopardstown on Friday by the TaoiseachEnda Kenny, reinforcing the importance of the racing and breeding industries to Ireland.
More than 5,000 visitors are expected through the gates over the next two days and there is plenty to keep the public occupied with a number of demonstrations taking place.
The day's opening event showcased the talents of four young disabled riders as part of the Riding for Disabled Association display. They were set a number of objectives to be completed on horseback that included navigating an assault course.
John Tuthill of Owenstown Stud believs the Expo is a great event. "It is a great way of bringing the industry together," he said. "It allows all areas of our great sport to interact with one another."
Connolly's Red Mills have sponsored the event since it began and owner Joe Connolly said: "It's a great way of exposing our industry to a wider audience. It also allows us to give the general public and our customers more of a personal insight in to what we provide - it's a great opportunity."
The hotly anticipated seminar 'What can the ITBA National Hunt committee do for fillies?" commences at3pm and that will be followed by the day's flagship event when the likes of Mark Johnston, Brian Kavanagh and John O'Connor take to the stage for the International Breeding and Racing Forum.