The Irish Racehorse Experience was officially presented with a “THEA” for outstanding
achievement at an awards ceremony in Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, USA. This top
international award in the Themed Entertainment Sector was collected by David Wardell,
Tourism Manager at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kildare. The TEA’s Thea Awards
celebrate achievement and excellence within the themed entertainment industry and are
internationally recognised as one of the most prestigious awards of the global attractions
industry. The Kildare based visitor experience was only one of three non-USA based
experiences to secure this award.
To celebrate the big win the Irish National Stud & Gardens resident retired former racing
champions the “Living Legends” – with many gongs between them will be paraded daily at
11am – 12pm on Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th of April for all visitors to enjoy. These racing
legends include multiple Grade 1-winning household names like Hurricane Fly, Faugheen,
Beef or Salmon and Hardy Eustace. With the foaling season in full swing at the Irish National
Stud & Gardens, visitors can also admire the newly born foals and celebrate the country’s
international horse racing legacy.
All pre-booked visitors during this period will be entered into a prize draw to win a Family
Season Pass offering unlimited entry to the Irish National Stud and the Irish Racehorse
Experience throughout the year. The prize also includes an Irish National Stud & Gardens
Hamper valued at €500 with goodies from the exclusive range in store.
What’s more, use the code THEA2023 at www.irishnationalstud.ie to avail of a 20% discount
on all general admission bookings between Wednesday 19th to Friday 28th of April and
show your ticket at the retail store to enjoy 20% off all purchases.
Quote Cathal Beale – CEO Irish National Stud
We are delighted to bring the THEA home to Ireland. The international recognition the award
gives to the Irish Racehorse Experience is wonderful and it enhances our world class
tourism offer. Horse racing and the thoroughbred racehorse are an integral part of the
tourism product in Ireland and the Irish Racehorse Experience brings this to life in an
accessible, fun and imaginative way.
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