In 2017, Horse Racing Ireland commissioned a report by Deloitte which found that there are 9,500 “core” full-time workers in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Surprisingly, there are almost as many working full-time in the sport/leisure horse business, according to a report published by Horse Sport Ireland last year.

However, it is fair to say that both sides of the equine industry are struggling to attract and retain staff.