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New equestrian online TV channel to launch in Ireland

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A new equestrian online TV channel is set to launch in Ireland next month (February).

Irish Horse TV will combine coverage of flat and jump racing, excluding live racing, with showjumping, eventing, dressage and other equestrian subjects.

The station will be run by Kildare TV, an online station that already has stations devoted to Gaelic Athletic Association sports.

Len Regan, managing director of Irish Horse TV said: “We have been working for the past two years to bring all the elements together.

“The [Irish] horse racing and sport horse industries have a combined value of €1.5 billion.

“The channel will deliver a wide range of programmes to promote Ireland’s image as the Land of the Horse.”

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) are founding partners of the channel and the Royal Dublin Society and The Irish National Stud have also provided funding.

Further details as to content and programming will be announced at the official launch on 5 February.