Irish Farriery Authority

The Irish Farriery Authority was established in March 1999, in response to E.U. directives, stipulating that authorities on farriery be set up in each E.U. State.

This however was not the sole reason for its inception.

The Irish Farriery Authority was also given responsibility to:

Establish an Irish School of Farriery

Educate & train apprentices attending the school & to certify their competence in farriery.

Promote farriery, support farriers and provide the opportunity for continuing education.

Provide seminars and training for horse owners.

Provide training for foreign farriers

The Irish Farriery Authority consists of representatives from both the Thoroughbred and the non-Thoroughbred sectors of the horse industry.

The Management Committee of the IFA includes:


IFA Position


P J WyerChairmanRacing Academy and Centre of Education
Joe OsborneSecretaryHorse Industry
Micheal CumminsDirectorIrish Master Farriers Association
John O'ConnellDirectorIrish Master Farriers Association
John BrennanDirectorIrish Master Farriers Association
Martin LeahyDirectorIrish Master Farriers Association
Keith RoweRacing Academy and Centre of Education
Shane O'DwyerIrish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association
TBCDepartment of Agriculture
Jim BeecherHorse Sport Ireland
Liam O'DonovanIrish Master Farriers Association

ISF Courses

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