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Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Young Breeders crowned World Champions

Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Young Breeders crowned World Champions

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook Young Breeders team were crowned World Champions at the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses International Young Breeders World Championships in Ermelo, Holland July 7-9 2022.

Main photo above: Colin Doyle; Philip Scott, Barnfield Equestrian; Shane Donohoe; Maria Cairns; Amy Finn; Camilla Snow Coyne; Aoife Kirby; Annie Madden; Wendy Conlon, Teagasc; Edward Hennessy and Lorraine McMahon, Horse Sport Ireland pictured at the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses International Young Breeders World Championships in Ermelo, Holland July 7-9 2022

The ‘ISH Young Breeders’ training programme

Teagasc have partnered with Horse Sport Ireland since 2005 to provide the ‘ISH Young Breeders’ training programme. Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist manages the programme with support from Horse Sport Ireland and DAFM. The success of the programme hinges on wider industry collaboration. Jack Doyle, Tiernan Gill, Andrew Hughes and Philip Scott have provided their expertise in recent months.

Farms including Barnfield Equestrian, Belmont House Stud, Boleybawn Horses, Cooley Farm, Derryglen Stud, Enniskerry Horse Farm, Ennisnag Stud, Gill Group, Hughes Horse Stud, and Kilconnell Stud opened their gates to host training.

Kildalton College hosted the National Championships in April and many other individuals contributed to the successful delivery of these events.

The International Young Breeders World Championships

The eight person team were chosen following national selection. Championships comprise of four disciplines. A theory paper (feeding/nutrition, stable management, breeding/reproduction, equine health and international sport) is followed by conformation and athleticism (loose movement and jump) trait assessment during which contestants aim to achieve the least difference to the judge’s scores in these disciplines.

The competition concludes with presentation of horses in stance, walk and trot testing participants showmanship skills, control, and ability to encourage the best performance from the horses in the situation. Teams are also tested on their abilities to groom, plait and present a horse as a team, and though not as part of the overall score this is an aspect in which great pride is taken by contestants with some very skilled presentations made. The senior ISH team earned third place in turnout.

Junior in Hand presentation champion Shane Donohoe photographed with Wendy Conlon, Teagasc and his assistant handler Edward Hennessy who placed 3rd in this discipline at 2022 World Championships Ermelo, Holland.

2022 Championships involved three days, 20 studbooks, 71 junior competitors and 68 senior competitors. The combined scores of the Irish Junior and Senior teams saw them claim the overall World Championship title, a much sought after accolade.

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook Young Breeders team

The Irish Junior team of Camilla Snow Coyne, Shane Donohoe, Edward Hennessy and Aoife Kirby were overall winners of their section. Aoife ranked 2nd individually, Shane 3rd and Edward 6th with Camilla finishing a highly respectable 12th.

The Irish Senior team of Maria Cairns, Amy Finn, Colin Doyle, and Annie Madden finished in third place in their section. Maria finished 8th, Annie 11th, Colin 26th and Amy 46th.

Trophies - Studbook World Champion; 1st place Junior Team; 3rd Place Senior Team

Teagasc Equine Specialist Wendy Conlon manages the programme, co-ordinating training events and National Championships, contributing to training and selecting of candidates for team selection. Wendy also sits on the international committee contributing to the organisation of the World Championships. Wendy said; “I couldn’t be happier for the team themselves and all involved in delivering the programme. It is a hard earned achievement demanding knowledge, skill, and mental stamina. The team were absolutely focused and delivered exceptional results winning by 26 points against strong competition which is a phenomenal achievement. Their in-hand performances was a pleasure to witness and a showcase to spectators which cemented the result.”

Congratulating Wendy and the Irish team Mary Ryan, Head of Rural Development in Teagasc said; “Wendy puts a lot of energy into the organisation and delivery of the programme and I am thrilled that this result validates the high quality of the training provided.”

Further Information

For further information contact:  Wendy Conlon – mobile no. 087 9879083

Read more about ISH Young Breeders Programme