Disastrous, mindboggling, heartbreaking – these are just some of the terms applied to Britain’s impending exit from the EU at the recent RDS Brexit Forum on the Irish Sport Horse Industry.

David Carson of Deloitte, Dr. Alan Fahey of UCD, John Melville of the Department of Agriculture and RTE’s Tom McGurk did their best to outline the implications of this British conundrum. They agreed that the outcome had to be seen as potentially hugely negative. The consensus among both the speakers and those attending was that we must prepare and cannot just wait for it to happen. A united front within the Irish horse industry, both Thoroughbred and sport horse was called for.