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New participants in the ISH Young Breeders programme, aged 15-25 years of age, are always welcome. 

ISH Young Breeders is accessible to ALL young horse lovers in this age group. The vision is to train the breeders, and industry contributors of the future, while providing opportunity to network with other like minded people, and maybe even meeting new lifelong friends. 

National and World Championship competition are an important aspect of the programme, providing an opportunity to benchmark knowledge and skill levels against others, whilst also networking and making friendships. 

The ISH Young Breeder National Championships are the first step in the qualification/selection process for team participation at the World Championships. Kildalton Agricultural College hosted the 2022 Championships on April 2nd. 

WBFSH International Young Breeders World Championships took place July 7-9 2022 in Ermelo, Holland at the home of the KNHS, the National Sports Federation of the Netherlands, also the home of the KWPN Studbook hosted in style by the JongKWPN.

The Irish Sport Horse Studbook team were crowned WORLD CHAMPIONS when the results of both senior and junior teams were combined with an exceptionall strong lead of 26 points over the opposition. A phenomenal achievement ! Congratulations to Maria Cairns, Shane Donohoe, Colin Doyle, Amy Finn, Edward Hennessy, Aoife Kirby, Annie Madden, and Camilla Snow Coyne. 

Access full results  of the 2022 WBFSH International Young Breeders World Championships

National and World Championship competitions include the assessment of conformation and athleticism traits, presentation of horses in hand and a mutltiple choice theory test. A side competition at World Championshiops is the turnout, as a team, of a horse and its formal presentation to the judges. 

Training days at stud farms and production yards around the country provide a fantastic opportunity to engage with some of the best in the business. Training not only supports preparation for competition, but is also educational for those who aren't perhaps interested in / available to compete. 

The Let's Talk Equine webinar series content also supplements learning

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Training Schedule 2023


Handler Shane Donohoe photographed with Wendy Conlon and his assistant handler Edward Hennessy following his winning In Hand display at 2022 International Young Breeder World Championships in Ermelo Holland; Edward was also himself placed third as a handler in this discipline. 

Make sure to book early for upcoming events as places are limited for safety considerations. 

Thursday, 13th April 2023

Venue: McKee Barracks, Dublin 7

Focus: Insight into life at the Barracks  |  Conformation/ Athleticism Assessment

Trainer(s): Teagasc Equine Specialists and Comdt Tom Freyne


 Young Breeders pictured at Coolmore Stud, Co. Tipperary, February 2023

Young Breeders pictured at Greenogue Equestrian Centre, Co. Dublin, December 2022

Young Breeders pictured at Dohyle House Stud, Co. Limerick, October 2022

Young Breeders at Hartwell Stud, Co. Kildare, September 2022

Previous Training Activities 2021/2022 Season

DateVenueFocusTrainer (s)Booking

Saturday Feb 4th 2023


Coolmore Stud (AM) & Fethard Equine Hospital (PM)  Guided Tour and insight into activities at both venues  Teagasc Equine Specialists  EVENT NOW OVER 

Sunday, December 4th 2022

Ian Cassells Eventing, at Greenogue Equestrian, Dublin

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump)

Tiernan Gill, Philip Scott & Teagasc Equine Specialists


Saturday, October 15th 2022

Dohyle House Stud, Cappagh, Askeaton, Co. Limerick V94C838

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump)

Philip Scott (Barnfield Equestrian) & Teagasc Equine Specialists 


September 11th 2022

Hartwell Stud, Co. Kildare

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump)

Philip Scott (Barnfield Equestrian) & Wendy Conlon Teagasc


Oct 30th 2021


Hughes Horse Stud

(Home of international show jumper, breeder and producer Marion Hughes)

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump)

Andrew Hughes (ESI) & Wendy Conlon Teagasc



Nov 20th 2021

Belmont House Stud 

(Home of breeder and producer Andrea Etter)

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump)

Tiernan Gill, Andrew Hughes & Wendy Conlon Teagasc




Jan 22nd 2022

Boleybawn Horses

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump)  Jack Doyle, Andrew Hughes & Wendy Conlon Teagasc



Feb 27th 2022

Ennisnag Stud

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump).  Andrew Hughes & Wendy Conlon Teagasc   EVENT NOW OVER 


Mar 12th 2022

Tiernan Gill's Farm

Assessing Conformation and Athleticism (movement and jump). In Hand Presentation Demo   Tiernan Gill, Philip Scott, & Wendy Conlon Teagasc    



Apr 2nd 2022

Kildalton Agricultural College 

ISH Young Breeder National Championships :

Theory (multiple choice)

Assessment of Conformation and Athleticism

Presentation of Horse/Pony In Hand 

Clare Ryan, Tiernan Gill, Philip Scott, Andrew Hughes, Conor Higgins 



2022 National Young Breeder Championships Results (Press Report)

Young Breeder National Championships (PDF)

July 7-10th 2022

Ermelo, Holland

WBFSH International Young Breeder World Championships

(all disciplines as per Nationals above)


Seniors: Maria Cairns, Colin Doyle, Amy Finn, Annie Madden

Juniors: Shane Donohoe, Edward Hennessy, Aoife Kirby,  and Camilla Snow Coyne


Young Breeders pictured at Hughes Horse Stud Co. Kilkenny (left) and Belmont House Stud Co. Offaly(right) above

Young Breeders pictured at Boleybawn Horses Co. Wicklow

Young Breeders pictured at Cooley Farm, Co. Wicklow and at Tiernan Gill's Farm, Co. Mayo 

World Championship Team Selection

A group of 18 young people from all around the country completed further training and assessment ahead of World Championship team selection following the National Championships. They attended three training days at Kilconnel Stud, Enniskerry Farm, and Derryglen Stud which incorporated both instruction and assessment relating to the disciplines of assessing conformation traits, assessing athleticism traits, presenting a horse/pony in hand, and a multiple choice theory test covering a variety of topics. 

Those aged 20-25 years of age who competed for a place on the Senior team were:

  • Maria Cairns, Whitechurch, Co. Wexford
  • Dylan Connolly, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway
  • Seamus Dermody, Tullow, Co. Carlow
  • Colin Doyle, Moate, Co. Westmeath
  • Michelle Dunne, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
  • Amy Finn, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny
  • Jenny Kerr, Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow
  • Annie Madden, Summerhill, Co. Meath
  • Níamh Sheridan, Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Those aged 15-19 years of age who competed for a place on the Junior team were:

  • Grace Curtin, Adare, Co. Limerick
  • Shane Donohoe, Ballina, Co. Mayo
  • Allison Flynn, Raheny, Dublin
  • Edward Hennessy, Dungourney, Co. Cork
  • Sarah Kavanagh, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  • Aoife Kirby, Birdhill, Co. Limerick
  • Érin Sheridan, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
  • Camilla Snow Coyne, Letterfrack, Co. Galway.
  • Anya Teuton, Newtownards, Co. Down

Those selected to represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the World Championships are identified in bold. 

Left to Right: Colin Doyle; Philip Scott; Shane Donohoe; Maria Cairns; Amy Finn; Camilla Snow Coyne; Aoife Kirby; Annie Madden; Wendy Conlon Teagasc; Edward Hennessy; Lorraine McMahon Horse Sport Ireland.