Horse Sport Ireland appoints Ronan Murphy as new Chief Executive

Horse Sport Ireland, the national governing body of equestrian sports for Ireland has announced the appointment of Ronan Murphy as new Chief Executive Officer, replacing outgoing Damian McDonald.

Murphy takes over the organisation’s leadership, which has the responsibility of maintaining Irish studbooks, issuing horse passports, managing relationships between equine sports stakeholders and marketing the Irish equine industry globally.

He joins Horse Sport Ireland from agricultural technology firm Makeway Ltd, where he led commercial development. Murphy has prior equine industry experience having been CEO of Weatherbys Ireland which is the Keeper of the General Stud Book for Ireland.

Murphy commented on his appointment as CEO of Horse Sport Ireland; “It’s a privilege to be joining the team at Horse Sport Ireland at this exciting and strategically important time for the Irish Sport Horse industry,”

“I am looking forward to working closely with all our stakeholders to deliver our strategic plans, build a sustainable industry and to ensure the continued success of the Irish Sport Horse sector around the world.”

Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Jim Beecher paid tribute to interim CEO James Kennedy while welcoming Murphy to the team.

“I am delighted to welcome Ronan to the dedicated team in Horse Sport Ireland, Ronan brings with him a wealth of experience from the equine and agriculture industry, he is a proven leader and is the right person to bring the organisation forward. I would like to thank and recognise the work of interim CEO James Kennedy who has managed the organisation for the last four months. I am also grateful to James for staying on in this position during the coming months.”