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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. 

WBFSH Young Breeder World Championships take place July 7-9 2022 in Ermelo, Holland at the home of the KNHS, the National Sports Federation of the Netherlands, but also the home of the KWPN Studbook. Lots of events are organised at the National Equestrian Centre like the WBFSH Dressage World Championships for Young Horses, National Championships and the KWPN Championships. 

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

National and World Championship Competitions include the assessment of conformation and athleticism traits, presentation of horses in hand and a mutltiple choice theory test. 

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 thinking of competing.

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

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Training Schedule 2021/ 2022 and National Championships 2022

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 

ATTENTION HAS NOW TURNED TO 2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Ermelo, H0lland Jul 7-10) General training activity will resume later in 2022. 

Previous Training Activities 2021/2022 Season

DateVenueFocusTrainer (s)Booking

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 (animals provided by the organisers) 

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)

  WBFSH International Young Breeders World Championships 

World Championship Team Selection

A group of 20 young people from all around the country have begun their quest to represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the WBFSH International Young Breeder World Championships in Ermelo, Holland Jul 7-9th 2022. A team of eight will travel.
They partake in three training days at Kilconnel Stud, Enniskerry Farm, and Derryglen Stud which also act as selection days incorporating 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 are vying for a place on the Senior team are:

  • 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
  • Joanne Whyte, Ardagh, Co. Longford

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

  • 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