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Korean market opens up for Irish horses and ponies

General January 20, 2016

Horse Sport Ireland's CEO Damian McDonald is joined by Professor Ahn, chairman of the Korea Society of Horse Industry (left), and Professor Kim, head of equine science at Seoul National University, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining HSIs promise to assist in the promotion of equestrian sport in Korea over the next number of years.

Horse Sport Ireland’s CEO Damian McDonald is joined by Professor Ahn, chairman of the Korea Society of Horse Industry (left), and Professor Kim, head of equine science at Seoul National University, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining HSIs promise to assist in the promotion of equestrian sport in Korea over the next number of years. Photo credit: Siobhan English

Irish ponies may be soon be destined for the green pastures of South Korea as part of a bid to encourage children in the country into equestrianism, writes Siobhán English.

A new export market may be emerging as sourcing good quality riding ponies was very much the topic of conversation in recent days when a delegation of equestrian experts from South Korea visited Ireland to meet with key members of the Irish equestrian industry with a view to promoting the sport in their home country.

Currently Korea is one of only a handful of countries whose Government has signed into law a ‘Horse Industry Promotion Act’ in hopes of boosting rural economy.

CLICK HERE to read the full article by Siobhan English in the Irish Independent.

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