Succeeding Joe Keeling, Nicholas Hartery has been appointed to a five-year post as Chair of Horse Racing Ireland by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., Hartery, who has been involved in equine activities for many years and owns Caherass Stud in Co. Limerick where he mainly breeds Thoroughbreds for flat racing, is the current Chairman of Cement Roadstone Ireland (CRH), Chairman of the Musgrave Group which is an Irish food wholesaler, and President and CEO of Prodium, a consultancy and business advisory firm. Appointed following a competitive process conducted by PAS, Hartery breeds both to race and to sell, and has enjoyed success offering foals, yearlings and broodmares at major sales, as well as group victories with his runners.
“I am delighted to appoint Mr. Hartery to the post of Chair of Horse Racing Ireland and I am confident that he will provide innovative strategic leadership and direction to the horse racing sector,” said Minister Creed. “The next five years will see major challenges for Ireland, particularly in the context of Brexit, and Horse Racing Ireland will benefit from continuity in strong leadership. I wish Mr. Hartery every success in this leadership role in promoting a sustainable horse racing industry, one that will expand employment and create the maximum contribution to the Irish economy.”
Added Creed, “I wish to place on the record my deep appreciation of Joe Keeling’s commitment in chairman Horse Racing Ireland over the last five years. His business experience, effective chairing of the Board and work with the organisation has delivered tangible results.”