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ITBA Expo to be opened by An Taoiseach Kenny

AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be on hand to open the 2012 Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Expoat 11am on Friday February 24 at Leopardstown racecourse.

The two-day event was devised to showcase the bloodstock industry, which employs approximately 17,000 nationally and contributes €1 billion to the economy.


Admission is free and officials are hoping the event will attract 5,000 visitors over the two days. In excess of 100 trade stands are confirmed with many new and innovative products including ground breaking technology in infection control, therapy systems, hay steamers, cranial osteopathy and thermal imagery.

There is also programme of educational seminars, an intervarsity quiz, demonstrations, art displays and fashion shows. Seminars include Business Strategies for Survival and Success (11am on February 25), Sports Recovery and Chartered Physiotherapy in Veterinary Practice Presentation (2pm on Saturday 25th Feb).

Demonstrations include Riding for the Disabled and the Irish Farriery School.

However, the highlight of the programme is a two hour interactive forum on racing and breeding from 6pm on February 24, during which Mark Johnston, Carter Carnegie, Jim Nicholson, Mark Player, Paul Fisher, Brian Kavanagh and John O' Connor are set to speak. The forum will be streamed live and to pose a question, log onto

"The ITBA is delighted with the positive response we have received about EXPO 2012," saidShane O'Dwyer, manager of the ITBA. " I would encourage all racing enthusiasts to come along to this free event and learn what goes on behind the scene in the bloodstock industry.

"The International Breeding and Racing Forumis very innovative and cutting edge which undoubtedly will throw up some new initiatives for our industry going forward."




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