Young breeders all set for Swedish test
Eight enthusiastic young horse breeders have been selected to represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook in a tough breeding competition in Sweden next month.
After a gruelling four-month selection process, the senior and junior teams for the Teagasc/Horse Sport Ireland/Connolly's Red Mills Young Breeders Competition have been announced.
The senior team to travel to the World Young Breeder Competition in Malmo on July 12-14 will include Iris Brazil, Regina Daniels, Rossa Gallagher and Ciara Greaney (reserve).
The junior team consists of Alyssa O'Neill, Caoimhe Kenny, Orla Dooley and Ruaidhrí ó Cianáin (reserve).
Organiser Wendy Conlon, of Teagasc, thanked all the trainers, breeders and selectors involved in the packed training programme, which began in February.
The aim of the Young Breeders Competition is to encourage young people to become actively involved in breeding, presenting and assessing mares and young horses; identify young people with the potential to become judges/inspectors; improve their knowledge of horse breeding and evaluating horses, and help them to meet like-minded individuals both nationally and internationally.
Throughout the training programme, the young participants learned skills to help them present horses for sale or at inspection, assess stock to purchase, and to decided which animals deserve further investment and which should be sold.