Joe Reynolds has been appointed chairman of Naas-based Horse Sport Ireland, replacing Jim Beecher who held the position on an interim basis since February 2017.
A highly successful businessman, sport horse breeder and racehorse owner, Mr Reynolds joined the Board of Horse Sport Ireland in 2016 and has played a key role in supporting the significant change programme currently being implemented following the ‘Review of Certain Matters relating to Horse Sport Ireland’ published by Michael Creed TD and produced by Indecon International Consultants last year.
Mr Reynolds is also a member of Horse Sport Ireland’s Finance, HR and Commercial Committee and Dressage and Para Dressage High Performance Committee.
Commenting on Joe Reynolds’ appointment, Minister Creed said: “I am very pleased that Joe has agreed to take on the challenge of chairing the new Board of Horse Sport Ireland. His extensive experience in the equine sector makes him an ideal Chair to provide strategic leadership and continue the implementations recommended by Indecon to expand employment and create the maximum contribution to the Irish economy.”
Speaking after the appointment was announced, Mr Reynolds said: “I am delighted to take up the position of Chairman in an organisation which I have been involved with for many years. Exceptional strides have been made on the Indecon recommendations, within Horse Sport Ireland, over the past 12 months and we are now at a very exciting stage. I am very much looking forward to continuing that good work with the management team.”