The equine sector contributes near on €1billion annually to the Irish economy. Over 9,000 horses are in training in Ireland as of 2012 there were 20,697 registered mares, stallions and foals. Ireland has a global reputation for breeding high quality and high performance race horses from sport horses, thoroughbreds to the traditional connemara pony. The cool Irish climate and rich limestone areas are seen providing a natural breeding ground for world-class athletic horses. Irish people are also known to have a natural "Way" with horses which has seen the country become renowned for top horsemanship.
The equine industry in Ireland can be split into 3 main sectors: racing; breeding and equestrian sports. Ireland is a prominent global leader in all 3 of these sectors. Irish horses are in high demand worldwide, with exports going to 40 different countries. Coolmore Stud situated in Co. Tipperary is widely-renowned as being the world's biggest and best, thoroughbred racehorse breeding operation. It's situated on over 7,000 acres of the best limestone land Ireland has to offer which is ideal for breeding and raising thoroughbreds. For land like that at Coolmore stud to remain nutrient dense, management with care is vital to ensure both the health and growth of thoroughbreds is optimal.
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