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Apply now for ISH Young Breeders Programme

Have you an avid interest in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses? The ISH Young Breeders programme, a joint programme between Teagasc & Horse Sport Ireland could be for you. It is aimed at those between the ages of 15 to 25 years of age and is now open to participants. Apply here


Photos above: (Left) Arianna Mezzapelle Junior Competitor at 2017 World Championships and (Right) David Browne Junior Competitor at 2017 World Championships

Participants do not have to be breeders themselves or even come from an equestrian background. An avid interest and an eagerness to participate and learn is all that is required.

The skills and knowledge transferred through training serve as a foundation for those with an interest in developing their knowledge of the horse. These skills come into focus for varied uses including purchasing a new horse/pony; deciding about which mares/stallions to use for breeding; assessing offspring; presenting horses for inspection, sale, show or competition.

The Young Breeders Programme is a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet with their peers and make contacts in Ireland and throughout the world who share their interest in horses.

The main activities of the Young Breeders Programme involve training days and national and international competitions.

Training Schedule 2021/ 2022

Those aged 15-25 years (age on 1/1/2022) are welcome to book and attend. Training places can only be offered on a first booked, first served basis with attendance limits in place, so book early. The training dates are:

  • Saturday Oct 30th 2021 at Hughes Horse Stud (Home of international show jumper, breeder and producer Marion Hughes) Kilkenny
  • Saturday Nov 20th 2021 Belmont House Stud (Home of breeder and producer Andrea Etter) Offaly
  • Saturday Dec 11th 2021  Global Event Horses (Home of Brian Morrison and Christopher Hunt) Cork

All events take place from 10.30 am - 3.30pm and focus on Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump) 

See Irish Young Breeders Training Events to book your place 

Training Day Prizes

Based on the selection criteria above the junior group and senior group will each be awarded with a unique and special day as follows:

Juniors (15-19 years of age) will attend Cooley Farm in Glenealy Co. Wicklow, home one of the world’s leading sources of world class Irish Sport Horses. Cooley Farm, run by Richard Sheane and Georgina Philips, where top quality sport horses are produced and sold destined for the world stage under the “Cooley” banner. 

Seniors (20 – 25 years of age) will attend Ballypatrick Stables near Thurles Co. Tipperary, home of Olympian, international showjumper and trainer Greg Broderick, where top-quality show jumpers are bred, sourced, and produced for compeitition and sale. Greg also coaches riders to become elite professionals in their chosen circuits, while his sister Cheryl manages the farms extensive breeding programme. 

See Irish Young Breeders Training Events to see the full details on the courses, fabulous prizes and more.

Further Information

Over the coming weeks on Teagasc Daily we will introduce you to some of the participants of The Young Breeders Programme on a weekly basis.

Read more about some of our 'Young Breeders' here