Distributed on behalf of the Horse Welfare Board
British racing’s independently-chaired Horse Welfare Board has today confirmed Seamus Mullins has been appointed as the new member representing the Horsemen’s Group, and will take up his position from 2021.
Seamus replaces James Given, who will take up his post as the BHA’s new Director of Equine Health and Welfare at the beginning of next year. James will remain on the Horse Welfare Board in his new capacity, replacing David Sykes.
Having held a trainer’s licence for over twenty five years, Seamus has always been a passionate advocate for horse welfare and has held positions on a number of industry groups in that time, including serving as president of the National Trainers Federation from 2016-2018.
Seamus Mullins said:
“I’m greatly looking forward to joining the Horse Welfare Board and working with the racing industry to implement the strategy published earlier this year. Our welfare record and the passion of those working alongside our horses gives us much to be proud of as an industry, but there is always more that can be done and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to represent the views of fellow practitioners as we work together to keep improving our standards.”
Barry Johnson, Chair of the Horse Welfare Board, said:
“I’m thrilled to have Seamus joining the Board and I’m sure his extensive experience both as a trainer and contributing to the many industry groups and committees he has been part of will bring useful and insightful experience to our ongoing work.”