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ITBA Welcomes New Chairman & Council Members

Changing of the guards at Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association
ITBA Welcomes New Chairman & Council Members

The ITBA has welcomed Cathy Grassick of Newtown Stud and Brian Grassick Bloodstock as its new Chairman and Cathal Beale, Irish National Stud as interim Vice Chair at its recently held AGM.

Pictured above are Shane O'Dwyer, ITBA CEO, outgoing Chairman John McEnery, Cathy Grassick incoming Chairman and incoming president Dr Dean Harron.

Speaking following the AGM Cathy Grassick said 'I am delighted and honoured to take over as Chairman of the ITBA for the next two years.

I have been a part of the Association for well over 15 years, at Regional and Council level and most recently in my role of Vice Chair under the guidance of John McEnery.

I know first hand the challenges and opportunities facing our industry at present and I aim to use my time as Chairman to drive the Association forward, working closely with our Council, its Committees and the wider membership as the ITBA continues to represent Irish breeders at the highest level'

Some of the ITBA’s priorities in the immediate future include education, welfare, farm safety and staffing and we will continue to work closely with the senior management team at HRI and other stakeholders to deliver in these areas.

Cathy added 'I am looking forward to a return to a busy Association calendar following on from the online nature of our meetings and seminars due to Covid. We are looking forward to revitalising both our regional Committees and the ITBA Next Generation Committee and we encourage members to get in touch and get involved! The ITBA is your association and your council and management team will continue to work tirelessly in their efforts to promote, educate and assist Irish breeders'

In the coming weeks ITBA will be forming a number of key committees and we call on breeders who are non-council members to bring their expertise, to help make these committees effective.

Council Elections 2022

The results of the 2022 Council Elections were also announced at the AGM and the Association looks forward to working closely with the newly elected members.

Pictured below are newly elected Council members: Micheál Orlandi (North Leinster Region) Caoimhe Doherty (South Leinster Region), Dr Dean Harron, incoming President, Cathy Grassick, incoming Chairman and Sally Ann Grassick (Southern Region).

Also joining ITBA Council for 2022 are John Osborne (South Leinster Region) and Wendy O'Leary (North Leinster Region).

Dr Dean Harron, Chairman of the Northern Region was announced as incoming president of the Association, taking over from outgoing president Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud.

The Association is indebted to the work of its Council members who give up their time freely and willingly for the betterment of the industry.

ITBA thanks outgoing Council members Micheál Fahy, Joe Foley, William Flood, Eimear Mulhern, John O'Connor and Malachy Ryan for their invaluable support.

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