Teagasc conference to reveal career progress of ISH horses
Less than 1pc of all Irish Sport Horse foals born in Ireland are likely to break into the top 15 placings in international competition, according to new research from Teagasc.
Teagasc equine specialist Wendy Conlon studied the international results of ISH horses from 2006 up to September 2013, amounting to 463 horses in all.
She found that less than 1pc of the ISH live foals registered annually progressed to top 15 placings internationally.
However, when she analysed the results of ISH horses jumping at 1m40 and above, some 298 (64pc) of the 463 reached the top 15 places in the period from 2006 to September 2013.
This highlights the importance of focusing in on pedigrees with proven jumping ability when planning out breeding programmes. Full details of this study, will be revealed at the Teagasc National Equine Conference later this week.
Among the other speakers at the conference will be international rider and breeder Clem McMahon and world champion rider/producer Greg Broderick.
Broderick will join breeders Carmel Ryan and Patrick Connolly to discuss how they developed their individual breeding enterprises and offer advice to fellow breeders.
The discussion will be led by Teagasc chairman Dr Noel Cawley, himself also a noted breeder of both showjumpers and eventers.