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ish young breeders programme for 2013 ready to be unveiled

A comprehensive training schedule for the 2013 Young Breeders Programme will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

It is aimed at young people aged 14-25 who are interested in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses.

Those interested in taking part must simply show an avid interest and an eagerness to learn, according to organiser, Wendy Conlon of Teagasc.

Connolly's Red Mills has teamed up with Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland to host the 2013 ISH Young Breeders Programme, it has been revealed.

Launched in 2005, the programme trains young people who aspire to work in the equestrian industry in Ireland or overseas.

Next year will be a busy one for young breeders, with both the National and World Championship competitions set to take place.

Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny, will host the Nationals on April 20, while the World Championships will run from July 12-14 at Bollerup, Sweden.

To ensure participants will be adequately prepared, a comprehensive training programme has been planned for the months preceding both competitions.

The 2013 programme will be launched at Teagasc, Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath, on December 9.

An interactive panel discussion will take place on the day with all trainers for the coming season.

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They include Tiernan Gill; Philip Scott; Maurice Coleman; Andrew Hughes; Clement McMahon; Jack Doyle and Comdt John Ledingham.

The breadth of knowledge and experience on the panel is immense and provides a superb opportunity to learn from the best.

All young people aged between 14 and 25 are welcome to attend.

The cost of the discussion panel day is €10 per person, payable on the day.

Group discounts are available for pony clubs, schools and colleges.

To pre-book, contact Wendy Conlon on 087 9879083 or email: wendy.conlon@teagasc.ie

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