The Irish Blue Cross, 
15A Goldenbridge Ind Est,
Tyrconnell Road,
Dublin 8.
Tel: 01 416 3030
Fax: 01 416 3035

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In addition to its small animal work, the Irish Blue Cross operates a horse ambulance service that attends at all Irish racecourses, north and south.  In an average year, the fleet of three ambulances provide approximately 400 days of service, working closely with veterinary surgeons to assist and save injured racehorses.  The service also attends the RDS Annual Horse Show, the Punchestown International Horse Trials, the Dun Laoghaire Horse Show and some Point-to-Points.  Significant funding for capital resources is made available by Horse Racing Ireland, the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association and others major organizations in the racing industry.

A close-knit team of skilled staff operates the Irish Blue Cross horse ambulance service.  The service currently attends at all twenty-six Irish racecourses plus an  annual fixture on the beach at Laytown. On occasions, the Blue Cross horse ambulances are called on to provide emergency roadside assistance for horse boxes carrying animals involved in accidents.

Racecourses attended:

  • Ballinrobe
  • Bellewstown
  • Clonmel
  • Cork
  • The Curragh
  • Downpatrick
  • Down Royal
  • Fairyhouse
  • Galway
  • Gowran Park
  • Kilbeggan
  • Killarney
  • Laytown
  • Leopardstown
  • Limerick
  • Listowel
  • Naas
  • Navan
  • Punchestown
  • Roscommon
  • Sligo
  • Thurles
  • Tipperary
  • Tralee
  • Tramore
  • Wexford

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The ambulance fleet currently consists of four ambulance units. These units include two purpose-built Richardson Supreme ambulances and two earlier Rice manufactured Beauford ambulances and a fully rebuilt, double Rice Beauford ambulance conversion.  Physical features incorporate visible branding, twin sliding partitions, belly slings, low loading ramps, wide front ramps, first aid and tack boxes, oxygen supply, drag mats, and external electric powered winches, etc.

The towing vehicles are Land Rover Discovery commercials, which are replaced on a regular basis.  Each year with the generous support of Land Rover Ireland, additional towing vehicles are made available for Blue Cross work at racecourses as required.


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