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Commenting on the establishment of ‘Equine-Trace NI’, Catherine Abbott, Chair of Eventing Ireland NR and Eventing Ireland Director, said: “This is an excellent initiative by Northern Ireland Horse Board and represents a very valuable tool for multi organisations including owners, veterinarians, emergency services and other Equine care groups. The fact that it is accessible 24/7 is particularly pleasing, but it behoves all owners to complete registration to ensure maximum efficiency.”
Also speaking on the launch of NIHB’s latest innovation, MLA John O’Dowd has given a warm welcome to the establishment of ‘Equine-Trace NI’.
The Upper Bann representative said: “This initiative promises to be an extremely helpful aid to horse owners, veterinary clinics and emergency services, as it helps track and trace horses that have been involved in an accident, been stolen, or have strayed.
“The establishment of Equine-Trace will be a tremendous benefit to owners, and an incentive to those who haven’t yet registered their animals, so that they can avail of this excellent resource. Registration of animals is now so beneficial, and I would encourage those with unregistered horses to step forward, giving them access to the huge range of benefits of ‘Equine-Trace NI’.
“Evolving this aspect of animal management is being driven forward in Northern Ireland. It is great to see, and I know this resource will be well used across the equine industry.”
Endorsing the development of Equine-Trace NI, Show Jumping Ireland Chairman, Mr Eamonn Rice commented that: “Any service that can help give owners, breeders and riders peace of mind and increase traceability of horses and ponies has to be welcomed by all concerned.”
Mr Rice later went on to say that: “This gives everyone the perfect opportunity to make sure their equine passports are up to date and, if not, make sure it is a top priority for the New Year.”
NIHB were delighted to also receive comment from Tom McGuigan, Chairman of The Irish Draught Horse Society, when he said: “Congratulations to Northern Ireland Horse Board on the launch of their track and trace service. Equine-Trace NI is a data-based system that can be used by all emergency services to identify any equine registered by its current owner if lost or injured etc. The system is linked to most UK and international passport agencies and, operating on a 24-7 basis, will be invaluable to anyone seeking assistance.”
For more information, contact NIHB Administrator Chris Bogle on 028 3834 3355. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.