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Successful Horse Breeding – Equine Demonstrations

Two very exciting equine educational events themed ‘Steps to Successful Breeding’ are planned for Thursday, 18 and Wednesday, 24 February at Doyle’s Equestrian Centre, Rathvilly, Carlow and Ravensdale Equine Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth, respectively. These demonstration evenings are hosted by Teagasc in association with the Army Equitation School.

The Teagasc equine team will advise on how to add value to your produce, with demonstrations provided on young horse production techniques. Breeder, ex-rider and trainer John Watson and his son Sam will demonstrate and discuss their passion for breeding and producing eventers and the principles by which they operate their winning enterprise.

The Army Equitation School will demonstrate the requirements for the sport of show jumping at international level and discuss breeders’ challenges and opportunities in producing for the sport.

Speaking in advance of the demonstration evenings, Teagasc equine specialist, Wendy Conlon said:”2009 was a difficult year for horse breeders. Last autumn’s prices for three-year-olds and foals have given breeders much to think about. Many involved in the industry consider it to be a necessary and overdue wake-up call, but the situation of hundreds of foals failing to reach the cost of their stud fee, notwithstanding other production costs, cannot continue.”

“Of far more concern with the three-year-old trade is the fact that buyers did not find enough of the ‘right sorts’. Whether they were seeking a show jumper or an eventer, far too many returned home with their order books unfilled. Most felt that the quality of stock was poor,” she said.

With current poor trends in sales prices and the global economic downturn impacting on the horse trade, it is critical that breeders and producers make informed and educated decisions, and execute good skills. The demonstrations begin at 7pm, all are welcome and admission is €10.

For further information, contact Teagasc equine specialists:

  • Wendy Conlon: 087 9879083
  • Declan McArdle: 087 6831876
  • Ruth Fennell: 087 9602537