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Thursday 22 March 2018

Expert panel set for ITBA seminar

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (ITBA) has put together a comprehensive panel of Irish and international experts to address breeders at its annual seminar in the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co Laois this Thursday, January 30.

Aimed at appealing to people working in all facets of the thoroughbred breeding and racing industries, the seminar, called 'The Way Forward', will be broken into three sessions.

Session 1, entitled 'Optimising Finances on your Stud Farm' will examine all areas of financial management and any opportunities available to breeders to improve their management.

Chaired by ITBA vice chairman Derek Iceton, the panellists will include tax consultant Declan McEvoy from IFAC, Michael Fahy of Rathbarry Stud and David O'Connell, managing director, OCAE Consultants Ltd.

Session 2 will concentrate on modern veterinary advances in mare reproduction, with a particular emphasis on getting and keeping your mare in foal.

Well-known equine vets Andrea Ryan from Kilcash Veterinary Clinic and Mark MacRedmond of Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital will be joined by vet Tom Riddle from the world renowned Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky. Former ITBA chairman Joe Hernon will chair this session.

The secure funding of the Irish racing and breeding industries is essential in order to maintain the country's position as a world leader and Session 3 "Navigating the Future for Irish Breeding and Racing" promises to stimulate frank discussion.

The audience will receive a presentation on the reasons for a fair share for racing from Elizabeth Headon of Murray Consultants and the session, chaired by ITBA President John O'Connor of Ballylinch Stud, will include leading industry personnel.

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ITBA manager Shane O'Dwyer said he was expecting a very big crowd for the annual seminar.

"The ITBA is committed to providing a service to Irish breeders and this free seminar is an opportunity for breeders to have their say. The day is a chance for Irish Breeders to interact with industry experts and keep abreast with ongoing developments in our industry," said Mr O'Dwyer.

Registration will commence at 2.15pm and a subsidised fork supper will be provided for those in attendance.

For further information please contact ITBA HQ on 045 877543 or

Irish Independent

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