Youth set for French test
Ireland's young breeders are heading off for the Young Breeders' World Championships at Parc du Cheval in Chazey sur Ain, France, this Friday.
Following a rigorous training and selection process, the teams to represent the Irish Sport Horse studbook have been named.
The junior (16-19 years) team comprises Caoimhe Kenny (Durrow, Co Laois), Aisling Miklis (Piltown, Co Kilkenny), Ruaidhri O Cianain (Tubber, Co Galway) and reserve Aoife Crotty (Clonmel, Co Tipperary).
The senior team (20-25 years) comprises Sarah Camon (Birr, Co Offaly), Regina Daniels (Loughrea, Co Galway), Iris Brazil (Kinnegad, Co Westmeath) and reserve Conor Higgins (Ballina, Co Mayo).
Teagasc young breeder and organiser Wendy Conlon said team training could not have happened without the help and support of team trainer Philip Scott and the farm owners, Tiernan Gill, Ciara Walsh McIntyre, Andrea Etter (Belmont House Stud), Andrew Hughes (Ennisnag Stud) and his cousin Marion Hughes, who made their facilities and horses available for the selection process.