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Let's Talk Equine - Nurturing natives and native crosses

14 November 2023
Type Event Proceeding

On this episode of Let's Talk Equine, which took place on Tuesday, 7th November, host Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Niamh Melody of Nire Valley Connemaras and Alicia Devlin Byrne to discuss ‘nurturing natives, and native crosses’.

Niamh described the development of predominantly one of the family’s marelines which began for them with the mare Canal Laurin, right up to the present whereby two of her granddaughters are resident on the farm. Niamh gave her perspective on the qualities she felt were important in the mares over the years, and showcased a mareline which has demonstrated versatility, quality and underlines the importance of the mare. Niamh also emphasised the responsibility of the breeder to have clear breeding goals.

Alicia herself a talented producer showcased a selection of Connemara Ponies, Irish Draughts, and Crosses explained the qualities that she appreciates as a rider, and the potential markets for each.

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The Let's Talk Equine series is delivered monthly, on Tuesday's at 8:30pm. It will offer an opportunity to hear from industry professionals discussing topics of relevance to horse breeders. Find out more about the series here