George Mernagh Memorial Fund qualified rider subsidy & bursary

In fond memory of George Mernagh and to help retain and attract Qualified Riders to the industry, the George Mernagh Memorial Fund Qualified Rider Subsidy and Bursary is now available:

What does it involve?

  • All riders who are receiving a QR license for the first time will qualify for the GMMF subsidy which will include €200 towards the cost of their license and a branded jockey kit bag. Qualified Riders will automatically receive the €200 subsidy into their HRI account to cover the remaining fees associated with being granted a category A1/A3 QR license.
  • Once newly licensed Qualified Riders have obtained their Category A1/A3 licence, they are eligible to apply for the George Mernagh Memorial Fund Bursary through the button below.
  • The €600 restricted bursary will be granted at the discretion of equuip, to suitable and eligible applicants, to contribute towards the cost of race riding equipment once the application forms are returned. Terms and conditions apply.

  • The subsidy and bursary will be administrated by equuip, Horse Racing Ireland's Education, Training and People Welfare division. For more information on the George Mernagh Memorial Fund Qualified Riders Subsidy and Bursary, please email Aine O’Connor -


About The George Mernagh Memorial Fund

The George Mernagh Memorial Fund Limited, was established in memory of the late George Mernagh who had a lifetime interest in equestrian sports. The GMMF objective ‘supports participation, education and development in all aspects of equine sport’. George Mernagh began his career in horse racing as a Qualified Rider where he rode 27 winners in point-to-points between 1978 and 1984 before embarking on a successful career as a professional jockey. Following this George joined Tattersalls Ireland and by 2007 assumed the role of Managing Director. Many industry leaders have followed a similar path via the qualified rider route.