Dr Sonja Egan has been appointed as the new Head of Breeding, Innovation and Development at Horse Sport Ireland (HSI).
After an interview process, the board of directors of the national governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr Egan to the position, having held the post on an interim basis since January this year .
Dr. Egan graduated from UCD’s School of Public Health, Physical Therapy and Sport Science with a PhD entitled “Exploring the potential of wearable technology to impact equine movement analysis in the field applied” and has been a member of the HSI team since 2019.
The appointment comes at an exciting time for the sport horse industry, having successfully weathered the Covid-19 pandemic, and Dr Egan shared his vision for sport horse breeding in Ireland.
She said: ‘I am extremely passionate about supporting Irish breeders through open dialogue and innovative evidence-based breeding practices and obviously delighted that the Board has placed their trust in me. and my vision of the industry in Ireland.
“I hope to combine my knowledge from academia and the equine industry to provide a unique skill set that will add value in shaping the future direction and development of the Irish sport horse industry. “
HSI CEO Denis Duggan said: “We are delighted to appoint Sonja to the management team of Horse Sport Ireland. She has excelled in the role since stepping in on an interim basis and we are excited to see where her vision for the industry will take us.
“Working with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine as well as panel members from Mazars and UCD, we conducted a thorough search to fill the position on a permanent basis and Sonja was clearly the most suitable candidate to move our breeding department forward.”