Sarah McNicholas has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Irish Equine Centre following the major restructuring and refinancing that was announced earlier this year.
With a strong passion for horseracing, Sarah has been a member of the ownership syndicate Thurloe Thoroughbreds for several years and has a number of broodmares at stud. She is also an active member of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
Speaking about her new role, which will commence in December 2013, Sarah said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the Irish Equine Centre, which does an outstanding job in protecting the health of the Irish equine population. Bloodstock and horse racing have always been a big part of my life and I look forward to working both with the team at the Irish Equine Centre and the wider industry, to ensure that the Centre continues to be at the forefront of vital on-going research and disease prevention.”
Welcoming the appointment, John Malone, Chairman of the Irish Equine Centre, said: “This is a highly significant appointment. I am pleased that someone of Sarah’s background and experience has agreed to undertake the role of Chief Executive. I have no doubt that she will make a major contribution towards the growth and development of the Centre, which is such a valuable asset for the Irish equine sector.”
Brian Kavanagh, HRI Chief Executive said: “Sarah’s strong commercial background, combined with her deep interest in thoroughbred racing and breeding, will give the re-structured Equine Centre the leadership to provide the high level of service which the industry must have to sustain its world-class reputation. I wish Sarah every success and she will have our full support in her new position.”