Just outside Beijing there is a racecourse, and if you go there any Saturday you can find Irish bred horses or Irish-Mongolian cross-breeds competing in the races. These cross- breeds are a phenomenon in world racing, horses bred to combine the speed of thoroughbred Irish stallions with the stamina of Mongolian ponies. The ideal joint venture!
Chinese Investment in Irish Bloodstock
With eleven racecourses having now been built in China, they are seen as being the next big market, whether they allow gambling there or not, there will be more money invested in buying good horses.
The Chinese are opening up, so people want to buy better horses to race against each other. Buying a racehorse is a lifestyle investment and the obvious place to find these horses is Ireland and England. Irish horses have an excellent reputation worldwide and there is already Chinese money being invested into buying these horses.
Irish Equine Industry
Ireland has a strong reputation for the quality of its horses and the quality of its horsemanship. This is based on a long tradition and a natural advantage in the production of horses. This natural advantage derives from the climate; the grassland; the people and the long tradition of horsemanship in the country.
The Irish bloodstock breeding and racing industry is of major economic significance to Ireland, contributing close to €2 billion per year to the economy. The Irish Government is hugely supportive of the sector and realises the importance of the industry to the Irish economy. There is a favourable tax structure, from acquisitions straight through to the running and management of a stud farm, with less onerous employment laws than other countries.
Total employment from the core Irish breeding and racing industry, off-course betting and arising from secondary expenditure has resulted in excess of 28,900 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Ireland.
Irish Stud Farms
Ready-made stud farms in Ireland can trade at anywhere between €15,000 and €40,000 per acre. These figures are for fully completed stud farms, all located in suitable regions and ideally suited to bloodstock enterprise.
In recent years, counties Dublin, Meath and Kildare have had a combined average of €12,715 per acre. Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Kilkenny had a combined average of €9,940 per acre. The aforementioned counties are the premier counties in Ireland for thoroughbred breeding. Overall, the average price in the Republic of Ireland has stood at around €9,000 per acre.
There are approximately 16 stud farms currently for sale in Ireland.
in Wicklow on c.103 ha (c.256 acres) – an historic demesne estate with a
Tudor residence and superb stud farm facilities
Why Invest in Irish Stud Farms?
01 STABLE LAND PRICES (no pun intended)
Never has there been a better time to invest in Ireland with land prices now stabilised at affordable levels.
02 GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
The Irish Government is supportive of the sector and realises the importance of the industry to the Irish economy.
03 TAX SYSTEM
There is a favourable tax structure, from acquisitions straight through to the running and management of a stud farm, with less onerous employment laws than other countries.
How to Invest? – Ireland’s Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP)
The IIP facilitates non-European nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland to acquire residency status in Ireland. Investors can avail of the Enterprise Option within Ireland’s IIP to acquire an Irish stud farm.
The IIP is an exciting option for High Net Worth Investors with a minimum of €2 million net worth and only requires investors to spend 1 day per calendar year in Ireland, yet they can still choose to have their children educated in Ireland if they so wish.
Ireland has emerged as the third best destination for Chinese millionaires looking to emigrate, according to a report carried out China-based research firm Hurun Institute.
The Enterprise Option would require a minimum personal investment of €1m into a new or existing Irish stud farm for a minimum of 3 years. This could be a stud farm established by the investor or the acquisition of an existing trading stud farm. The Irish authorities have indicated that the purchase of a stud farm would be a qualifying investment where the purchaser would maintain employment and have some plans for further development /upgrading of the facility.
To learn more about Ireland’s Immigrant Investor Programme and the possibility of investing into an Irish Stud Farm, speak to one of our expert advisors by completing our enquiry form at www.unlockireland.com.
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