Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

Horse Sport Ireland and Teagasc launch breeder training days

Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland are calling on young breeders and equestrian enthusiasts to join in special training days organised for next year's Young Breeders World Championships in France and the National Championships here at home.

Being a horse breeder is not a prerequisite and all levels of experience are catered for, so all new members are welcome to join.

The World Championships are to be held on July 22-24 2011 in Chazey sur Ain, near Lyon, in France, while the national championships will be held some time in June to identify a shortlist from which the junior and senior teams will be chosen to represent the Irish Sport Horse studbook at the world championships.

On Saturday, October 16, the first practical training session will focus on in-hand presentation of horses -- one of the core components in the Young Breeders' competition.

This is an opportunity for those aged 14-25 to familiarise themselves with the demands of this aspect of the competition and to practise, with assistance from the trainers.

However, theses skills are lifelong attributes that will be of benefit when presenting horses for sales, inspections, at a show or in specific competitions.

Training will be carried out in several venues, including Kilkenny, Roscrea (Tipperary), Wicklow/Wexford and Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

On November 7, international dressage rider Heike Holstein will open the gates of her Sweep Stud Farm at Carbury, Co Kildare, to young breeders.

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Heike has trained horses from novice to Grand Prix level, and represented Ireland in the Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships.

This is a unique opportunity for young breeders to be able to spend time with her at home, assessing some of the foals and young horses on the farm while also viewing the finished product.

Places are limited on this trip so to secure your place, make sure to book it without delay.

For more details, contact Wendy Conlon on 087 987 .9083 or

Irish Independent

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