Wright hoping for ‘slicker’ operation

EVENTING Ireland Chairman John Wright hopes a root and branch analysis of the organisation will lead to a “slicker” operation.

The review relates to the EI head office, the board and sub-committees, in particular the need to outline their functions, with Wright yesterday saying: “We have reached a stage where we are three years running under the new constitution and it is time to clarify the workings and structures of Eventing Ireland. This will lead to clearer lines of authority, communication and decision-making in the running of our business.”

The board of Eventing Ireland initiated the review and appointed a committee chaired by business consultant Michael McGrath, from Cork, a horse owner and formerly of healthcare company Sanofi-Aventis.

Wright said the analysis, initiated by the EI board, would involve a rigorous examination of the management needs and structure of the organisation, the examination of the role of directors, sub-committees and staff, while the administrative process would also be reviewed.

He said the EI regional operations would not come under the remit of the examination.

Aside from McGrath, the committee members are John Green (former national treasurer and accountant), David Stone (accountant and chairman of the EI administration and finance committee) and John Craig. All of the committee are EI members and have a long-time involvement with eventing. They are due to present their final report to the board in June.

“This is an action plan that is all about achieving efficiencies, which we hope will benefit all in Eventing Ireland. A sound business model is essential for the running of any sport, particularly one like eventing, which relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers,” said Wright.

Last year, EI returned a profit of €49,000, with Wright declaring reserves to be “respectable”.

lCLYDA one-day event, which was due to take place on Sunday, has been cancelled as a result of the Clyda river bursting its banks and flooding the dressage arenas. With the weather showing no signs of abating, the organisers were left with no choice but to cancel.

lA GREAT day out for all the family and a course to suit everybody’s ability are promised at Templemartin Hunter Trials in Cork, which take place on Sunday week, April 11.

Classes include a Starter Stakes, Training (2’6"), Pony Pairs, Pony Singles, Horse Pairs, Horse Singles, Open Singles (No ponies).

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lTHE Irish Universities Riding Clubs Association have a team competing at the Student Riding Nations Cup in Leuven, Belgium, this weekend. The competition features freestyle dressage and show jumping.

The Irish team comprises of Sara Glynn (Dublin Institute of Technology), Susie Cave (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Anthony Byrne (Trinity College Dublin). Ireland will also be represented by individual riders lex Donohoe (Dublin City University) and Natalie Quinlivan (Blackhall Place).

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