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Irish Equine Companies Bringing Innovation to the World Stage



The Irish racing and bloodstock industries are an integral component of both the Irish economy and Irish society. The industry is widely known for breeding some of the most exceptional thoroughbred horses in the world and has a worldwide reputation for equine excellence. The success of Irish trained horses and trainer Joseph O’Brien have contributed further to the strong reputation of the Irish equine capability in Australia. Now more than ever, there is a recognition of Ireland as a premier source of equine veterinary solutions and products.

A strong cluster of Irish companies has emerged, providing innovative, cutting-edge products and expertise to support elite performance in all aspects of the equine industry. These companies are winning plaudits internationally for their innovative products and solutions and have been critical to the success achieved by owners, trainers and breeders, both in Ireland and Worldwide.

Covering everything from stable equipment and veterinary products to nutrition and diagnostics, these companies are making an impact on the equine industry globally as well as on the ground in Australia.


Plus Vital

Plusvital is a world-leading Irish Equine Science company that is at the forefront of developing cutting-edge genetic tests and scientifically based supplements for the equine sector with a presence in 30 countries.

The company has launched a nutrigenomic supplement for horses which offer tailored nutritional solutions based on a horse’s genetic make-up. This specifically tailored supplement increases and maintains the energy levels of horses during exercise. Studies and field trials has shown that the supplement allows for more efficient energy production, delayed fatigue and enhanced recovery following intense exercise.



Equilume, headquartered at the heart of the Irish Equine Industry in County Kildare, is a world leader in the research and development of light therapy solutions to assist the global horse industry in maximizing reproductive efficiency and performance.

Equilume has pioneered a performance lighting system designed to maximize health, performance and breeding efficiency in horses. Developed by Dr Barbara Murphy, Head of Equine Science at University College Dublin, the system harnesses all the benefits of natural daylight for the stabled horse and permits continued exposure to optimum lighting when travelling or at pasture.

Horses kept indoor in stables for large portions of the day leaves them lacking daylight and frequently disrupted by light at night. This regime negatively impacts the horse’s body clock and can result in impaired growth, reduced immune response, poor appetite and performance. The company produces both a wearable light mask as well as a stable light design for inside stables maximizes health, performance and breeding efficiency.



Nortev Ltd is a Veterinary Medical Device company based in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. Nortev are world leaders in veterinary aerosol therapy, with their award winning and innovative Flexineb Equine nebulizer clinically proven at the highest academic level.

The Flexineb s simple to use, silent & completely portable equine inhalation device making it the ideal solution for those that are experiencing depleted performance from their animals. Nebulisation & inhalation therapy is the most effective way of treating your horses’ chronic issues such as COPD, RAO (heaves) & Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage. The Flexineb E2 is can also be used for more acute problems, like a recurrent cough, acute sinusitis equine flu in foals and adult horse


Founded with a small team in Dundalk in 1985, Horseware have grown to become the world’s most trusted producer of horse rugs. Horseware are constantly striving to produce the best and have grown into a leading manufacturer of clothing for horses and riders.


The company also has a range of healthcare related products such as knee raps and stable boots. The company also provides range of rider gear, clothing as well as yard and grooming equipment.



Foran Equine

Established in 1974, Foran Equine has grown to become a market leader in the field of specialised equine nutrition and health care. The company provides a range of superior quality nutritional supplements specifically designed to optimize health and boost performance as well as essential health care products for performance horses.



Nutribio produce a range of livestock health and nutrition solutions that improve the health and wellness of ruminants resulting in performance improvements in dairy, beef and sheep farm enterprises.

Their range of equine mineral licks contain optimum levels of balanced premium minerals, vitamins and protected trace elements to support equine health.


TRM Nutrition

Produced at their modern manufacturing facility close to the Curragh of Kildare, home of Irish Thoroughbred Racing, TRM are a world-renowned manufacturer of Nutritional Feed Supplements aimed at performance horses.




Easyfix produce a range of rubber matting solutions aimed at the agricultural and equine sectors. A high-quality hard-wearing rubber flooring reducing bedding costs and providing a comfortable walking and lying surface in the stable for your horses.

Easyfix produce inter-locking high-grip rubber tile, offering excellent foothold for horses offering a clean, low maintenance floor that ensures horses enjoy excellent confidence in their foothold while reducing pressure and stress on horse’s joints & tendons. The company also produce a range of tough wearing, maintenance free hurdle and steeplechase fences.



EquiTrace are leading App developers for the horse industry based at the Irish National Stud in Kildare. Their award-winning Apps are ideal for stud farms, trainers and competition grounds. EquiTrace can identify horses, trace horse movement, record medication and track disease. EquiTrace integrates with the US jockey club HFM software, leading veterinary management products. By meeting the needs of riders and farms EquiTrace can be used to build horse traceability solutions fit for purpose at a national level.


For further information:

Contact: Niall Casey


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