IN a bid to recognise the important contribution of those working in the equestrian industry in Ireland, Equestrian Business Network Ireland announced that they will host an Equestrian Award Ceremony.

The process will begin with the opening of nominations on December 10th. Businesses and individuals can nominate themselves in a variety of categories. Those putting themselves forward are asked to fill out a form and answer questions relating to their business. The second part of the application will involve an online interview with a panel of independent judges who are experienced business owners and coaches.

The awards are aimed at those who are involved in all aspects of equestrian world and categories will include: Best Sales Agent, Best Equestrian Retail, Best Riding Centre, Best Livery yard, Best Venue. There will also be an Overall Equestrian Business Award – the recipients will be a business that stands out and is exceptional in its relevant category. The award winners will be announced at a Gala Awards ceremony at the end of March or early April 2022.

Full details are available on the website

Open door

Founder of the Equestrian Business Network Ireland, Tara Lane, said: “We welcome equestrian business owners from all backgrounds, whether you are a one-man band or have employees. There are a lot of people involved in the industry who do trojan work and we would like to be able to recognise them.

“I have a small business and I know how much work is involved in keeping a business going along with looking for new avenues to expand your business. These awards are not just for retailers, it encompasses a much wider audience, such as your local riding school, your farrier, your livery yard. All these services contribute so much to the industry in Ireland. This will not be a popularity contest, so far, the panel will look at factors such as the business model, customer service, future plans, etc.”