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Equine Council for Northern Ireland

Strengthening, developing and supporting our industry

Who are we?

The ECNI is a representative organisation serving the equine industry in Northern Ireland. The Council’s main objective is to provide a voice for the sector as a whole and to represent the interests of horses, owners and the related equine businesses at all levels. The council covers both the Sport Horse and Thoroughbred Sectors in addition to Education, Leisure and Ancillary Services.

The equine sector in Northern Ireland covers a wide spectrum of organisations and is also in an important geographical position. This provides both opportunities and challenges and ECNI is involved in representing the interests of the industry at not only local Council and Government level but also on an Ireland, UK and European-wide basis.

ECNI is made up of a voluntary council of industry representatives.


• To promote the advancement of education
• To promote the improvement of quality and standards in breeding and performance
• To promote the improvement of health & welfare in equines
• To promote the improvement in standards of achievement within the sport and industry
• To encourage increased participation, promotion of co-operation and economic awareness within the Equine Sport and Industry.

The work of the ECNI covers a broad spectrum of areas. It can broadly be divided up into the following:-

  1. Implementing the Strategy for the Equine Industry in Northern Ireland. This comprehensive document covers all aspects of the industry including breeding, competition, tourism and health.

  2. Representing the Industry at local Government & Council level on issues such as health, welfare and business matters. ECNI seeks the views of the industry and is involved in submitting responses to consultations on Codes of Practice and legislation.

  3. Developing links with national and international organisations. In particular accross Ireland, the UK and Europe.