Empowering Change, Together: A Bold Call to the Women of the Equine Industry

Empowering Change, Together: A Bold Call to the Women of the Equine Industry

Welcome to the Empowering Change, Together Conference, a pivotal moment set to unfold within the storied walls of Barberstown Castle on May 10th. This isn't just an event; it's a summons to the vanguard—the women who drive the equine industry forward. As a demographic that makes up 72% of this field, it's not just an opportunity to attend; it's a professional imperative to lead and support it.

Why This Matters

This conference is your arena to engage with ideas that propel us forward, to forge alliances that have the potential to redefine our industry's future. With an outstanding lineup of speakers and sessions designed for impactful networking and collaboration, it is a prime chance to be part of the change the industry needs.

It's time to dismantle any barriers that hold women back. The industry needs to change. Leadership needs to evolve. This is about Progression over Tradition.

The Power of Attendance

"Power's not given to you. You have to take it," said Beyoncé, a woman who embodies the essence of leadership. The Empowering Change, Together Conference is your platform to seize that power. It’s here that the pathways for innovation, leadership, and transformation in the equine industry will not only be discussed—they will be created.

The Core of the Conference

With strategic keynotes, engaging panels, and dynamic networking opportunities, this conference is more than a meeting—it's a movement. Every session is tailored to spark a change in thinking, to challenge the status quo, and to inspire action.

This is where you connect with thought leaders and change agents who have or currently are reshaping the industry. You will leave not just with insights but with actionable thoughts or ideas that place you at the forefront of industry evolution for women.
Speakers include Anna May McHugh Director of The National Ploughing Association, Nina Carberry Retired Jockey and Political Candidate, Heike Holstein Irelands most decorated Dressage Rider, Sinead Cassidy Director of Marketing & Communications @ The Galway Races, Zoe Smalley Head Travelling Lass with Henry De Bromhead and Head of Racing at The Grassroots Gazette, Kate Dwyer International Grand Prix Dressage Rider, Sonya McAleer The Head of the Irish Equestrian Mental Health Project and Therese Murphy Founder of Equi-Ed Ireland to name but a few.

An Uprising of Support

This isn't about simply filling seats; it's about standing together, shoulder to shoulder, as architects of the future. Michelle Obama once challenged us: "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." Let’s take this as a personal challenge. Show up not just for the compelling sessions but as a testament to the strength and resolve of women in our industry.

"United we stand, divided we fall".

Call to Leadership

This conference needs your presence. For you, for the industry, for the future!!

It’s a convergence point for those who dare to lead, for those who shape not only their destinies but those of generations to come. "I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard," Malala Yousafzai reminds us. Your voice matters, your leadership is crucial, and your action is needed.

For the Visionaries and the Sponsors

To our current and future sponsors, your engagement is crucial. Aligning your brand with this conference positions you at the heart of innovation and leadership in the equine industry. Your support not only fuels this event but also broadcasts your commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and forward-thinking industry.

The Final Charge

Do not merely mark your calendars; carve this date into your agenda with the resolve of those who will accept nothing less than progress for women and the next generation. The Empowering Change, Together Conference is not a sideline event—it is the main stage for those ready to challenge, lead, and inspire.

This is your call to arms. Join us in the trenches as we battle for progress, for respect, and for the rightful place of women at the very top of our industry. Let’s not just meet this May—let’s rise, let’s redefine, and let’s rejoice in the strength we possess together.

Empower change. Together. Lead the charge. Be there.

Until Next Time,


Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy

Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do!! I'm the co-founder and ceo of The Grassroots Gazette and Equitas. Be relentless in the pursuit of Excellence.