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Child Protection

SJI National Children's Officer: Mrs Mary Ryan 087 9890545


Designated Liaison Person: Rachel Hughes Showjumping Ireland 045 852230


Deputy Liaison Persons: Rachel Kearns and Hayley Devlin Showjumping Ireland 045 852230


Click here for the Showjumping Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement 2020


For Information on Child Safeguarding and reporting see link below:


Garda Vetting


**As of the 16th of September 2016 HSI are now using the E-Vetting Sytem for Garda Vetting applications.


Please note the following in relation to Garda Vetting:


**When a person seeks vetting through Horse Sport Ireland and is subsequently accepted, the vetting letter they receive covers them for all Horse Sport Ireland Affiliate Bodies,EXCEPT the Irish Pony Club (IPC).


Please also be aware, that there is no transportability with any other organisation. We cannot under any circumstances accept vetting from the GAA, IFA or any other body. All Affiliates outside of IPC can only accept Horse Sport Ireland vetting".


***Please remember that any person wishing to work/volunteer with Children or Vulnerable Adults in Equestrian Sports on a regular basis must complete this training along with their AccessNI/Garda Vetting Check.***


"Under that National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 to 2016 there is a mandatory  requirement for an ID Check for each person requesting vetting. Horse Sport Ireland encourages this step to be carried out by utilising the availability of its Affiliate National Children’s Officer’s and Club/Branch Children’s Officer to sign off on ID Verification".

Safe Guarding Courses


Please keep an eye on this page of upcoming dates of safe guarding courses.

Applicants contact Paul Hayes in the Horse Sport Ireland offices for Application Forms.

Tel: 045 854 524



Full details are available here on all the courses


2019 Courses:                              


  Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness x 2

  • Thursday 6th June
  • Wednesday 4th September

Safeguarding 2 – Children’s Officer Training x 1

  • Monday 16th September

Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Workshop x 1

  • Thursday 26th September

The full details are on the website at the following link: All Safeguarding courses are €20 each and all last 3 hours.




Please see below a link to the Anti-Bullying page on the Horse Sport Ireland website where there is a copy of the Anti-Bullying Policy and some other useful information and tools for Anti-Bullying.