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Educational Tours

A number of educational tours have been provided over the years with destinations including Belgium, Germany and Holland.

Such tours provide an opportunity to:

  • network with fellow travellers and with the farm personnel visited
  • get an insight into many aspects including facilities/ infrastructure on the farms; breeding practices; quality of equines; production methods; and more

2023 Tour visiting Belgium and The Netherlands, September 23rd - 27th


This five day tour is led by Teagasc in association with Jacques Verkerk of The Netherlands, and facilitated by travel partners Group Travel International, who manage the bookings and travel logistics. 

The itinerary includes attending the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Zangersheide, Lanaken, Belgium. Followed by three days visiting farms in The Netherlands including a veterinary centre and a variety of farms engaged in breeding, producing and trading equines including:

  • Animal Embryo Centre, Maria Hoop, family business: vets and breeders
  • Stal Thijssen, family business: showjumping stable, breeders
  • Joop Breukink:  former dairy farmer and breeder of showjumpers
  • Stal Brinkman, family business: EU stud station; breeding, production and trade

Additional farms, guaranteed to be of interest, will be further added to the itinerary. 

Tour days are busy to fit in as much time at the event or on farm as possible. This tour is for those dedicated to breeding and/or producting horses who are interested to learn from, and engage with others. 

Further information is available here: 2023 equine tour

Minimum age to travel: 18 years

IMPORTANT: early booking and payment of deposit is advised to secure the price advertised. Price of the tour may increase subject to the flight costs changing. Places are limited. 

Price is based on two people sharing including all airport taxes & charges. Single room supplement €265pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, every effort will be made to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed. Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €250pp is required at time of booking. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure - i.e. 15 July 2023.

Price includes 1 standard piece of luggage (10kg). Checked in luggage available to purchase at an additional cost. City taxes have been included in the tour price. Flights, taxes, hotels prices & itinerary subject to change. Booking terms & conditions apply. GTI Travel is fully licensed and bonded in accordance with the Commission of Aviation Regulation (T.A. 0533). E&OE

Please note All individuals travelling MUST provide their own travel/personal accident insurance, at own expense as a prerequisite to travel and return completed disclaimer Travel Insurance Notice by July 31st 2023 to wendy.conlon@teagasc.ie . GTI provide insurance, but equally it can be purchased elsewhere. 

TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT GROUP TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL on 01 843 4734 LINES OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY OR VISIT WWW.GTITRAVEL.IE Direct link to online booking here (if experiencing any trouble with online booking please call GTI offices)

Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice Belgium and The Netherlands

If interested in partaking in above, or future tours, forward your contact information to wendy.conlon@teagsc.ie 

Most Recent Tour

2017 Educational Tour to Germany 

Read about it here:

Equine Educational Tour Germany Nov 17 Part 1 (pdf)

Equine Educational Tour Germany Nov 17 Part 2 (pdf)

Equine Educational Tour Germany Nov 17 Part 3 (pdf)

Equine Educational Tour Germany Nov 17 Part 4 (pdf)

Equine Educational Tour Germany Nov 17 Part 5 (pdf)

Equine Educational Tour Germany Nov 17 Part 6 (pdf)