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Gildernew opens Portmore Equestrian Centre

10 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, has opened a new equestrian facility in Aghalee, outside Portadown.

The Portmore Centre which opened in 2002 recently extended its facilities to include the new indoor arena. The Minister met with a number of both national and international competitors who were competing at the two day show as well as officials from the Show Jumping Association of Ireland.

During her tour of the Equestrian Centre the Minister said:

"I would like to take this opportunity to praise the Kane's for having the initiative and foresight into developing this facility which will be widely used by the equine industry here. The fact that Portmore has been selected as one of the 27 high-quality sporting local venues suitable for use by visiting team as a training venue prior to the 2012 London Olympics is a great achievement for a relatively new family run enterprise. It is a great example of how far the equine industry has come in the last few years.

"From humble beginnings, all sectors that have now come together to form the new Equine Council. This is a very important organisation, and it gives the equine sector a direct link to Government and can influence how the industry develops from now. The Minister concluded that she looks forward to further discussions with the Equine Council whose aim is to further develop a robust and sustainable equine industry." ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. Portmore Equestrian Centre is located near Aghalee on the shores of Lough Neagh, was established in 2002 as a limited Company by the Kane family. It is based on 32 acres and consists of a new indoor arena (78m x 48m) with a poly gel surface, an indoor warm up arena, two outdoor grass arenas, a cross country course, a cafe / restaurant and stabling for 70 horses.
  2. Portmore has been selected as one of the 27 high-quality sporting local venues suitable for use by visiting team as a training venue prior to the 2012 London Olympics.
  3. The Equine Council was established in January 2008. It is the umbrella body for all equine activities. It supersedes the Equine Sub Group of the Rural Stakeholder Forum.

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