Ireland’s 700 million euro (£635 million) sport horse industry must “future-proof” itself against the impact of Brexit, a leading academic has warned.Professor Alan Fahey said the export-reliant industry would be left significantly exposed if tariffs were applied to the sale of horses to the UK market.Customers pay an annual fee of and a booking fee for attending singles events.Ms Chetwin said the terms and conditions that state "Private Event reserves the right to change its prices without notice", and state use of the website and attendance at events is at customers' "own risk" should ring alarm bells.The University College Dublin (UCD) academic joined a range of other experts at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on the eve of the Dublin Horse Show to discuss the consequences of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.Different from the thoroughbred racing stock industry, sport horses are bred for events such as show jumping, dressage and eventing.
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Prof Fahey, who works at UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science and has been involved in a series of economic reports evaluating the Irish sport horse industry, said: “Similar to the thoroughbred market, Ireland has an international reputation for producing quality pedigree sport horses, one that has been built up through the generations.“As shown in recent economic reports, including the most up-to-date work that has yet to be published, the sport horse industry has the potential to further increase its economic value beyond the current 700 million euro it contributes.“The industry is however exposed as any to the consequences of Brexit and we need to begin future-proofing ourselves for a number of potential outcomes, including tariffs on the export to Britain of Irish sport horses.”The forum at the RDS heard that a tripartite agreement between the respective departments of agriculture of Ireland, the UK and France, that has effectively allowed free movement of horses between all three countries, is potentially at risk due to Brexit.