Horses for Courses

by Andrew Stuttaford

The Irish Times reports:

The former head of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been appointed chairman of Horse Sport Ireland. Prof Patrick Wall, who was the first chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and has been a prolific commentator on the recent horsemeat in burgers scandal, takes up his position on the board of equine body today…. Admitting there was some irony to his appointment, he said he would strive to ensure that through targeted global marketing, Irish breeders and trainers of horses at all levels would get a financial return for their passion, commitment and pride in horses….

“The thoroughbred guys have a saying, Brazil for the coffee, France for the wine and Ireland for the horses,” [Wall] said, and public reaction to the horse meat scandal was evidence that “horses have a special place in Ireland”.

Can’t argue with that.