Breeders' meetings continue
The first of four regional breeders meetings hosted by Horse Sport Ireland and Teagasc took place in Galway last night but there are three more taking place this week.
Anyone with an interest in the sport horse sector is being urged to attend the meetings to get updates on breed developments and to make their views on breeding matters known.
The theme of the seminars is 'Breeding for Purpose -- Making the Right Decisions'.
Four prominent speakers from the industry will address each meeting. These include:
•Alison Corbally, Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) breeding director, who will discuss HSI breeding policies and the new online database 'CapallOir'.
•Teagasc equine specialists will talk to breeders about mare management.
•Barry O'Connor, from O'Connor/Swail Stables, will discuss the breeding requirements for the modern showjumping market. Barry and his business partner, Conor Swail, have been in business at their stables in Malahide near Dublin since 1999, where they train, produce and trade showjumping horses for the international market.
•Well-known event horse producer Chris Ryan will give a talk on breeding the Irish eventer. Together with his wife Sue, Chris has been successfully producing young event horses since 1990. Among the many horses they have produced was McKinlaigh, winner of an individual Olympic silver medal in Beijing in 2008 and team gold and individual bronze at the Pan American Games in 2007.