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Distance Learning Breeding Course 

This course is written with three objectives:

  1. To provide information so that informed decisions can be reached to embark on a sport horse breeding enterprise.
  2. To educate new sport horse breeders in the basics of equine breeding and genetics.
  3. To create awareness of the importance of welfare, health and good planning.

The course will run over a six-week period covering the topics below.

WeekTopic
Week One:  The Breeding Programme
Week Two:  Anatomy and Physiology
Week Three:  Reproduction
Week Four:  Herd Health
Week Five:  Foaling to Weaning
Week Six:  Feeding Mares and Youngstock

This course requires a commitment to self-study and regularly work through the course material provided and the assignment work which accompanies the course. Contact time with the tutor is limited, though a commitment is provided to deal with all queries and communications.

For further information contact alan.hurley@teagasc.ie

Testimonials

Martina Sherman, Kildare completed the course in 2019 with Dr Alan Hurley

"I would fully recommend this course to anyone considering breeding or for existing breeders looking to improve their breeding programme. The modules were hugely informative and very thorough, yet fitted in easily around full time work commitments. The practical assignments really reinforced the material learned and were highly beneficial".

Dr Sinéad Corrigan, Monaghan (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

I thought this was a very well structured programme and one I would recommend. Alan was careful to ensure the content was engaging and informative in terms of many aspects of equine breeding. Thanks Alan.

Marguerite Kavanagh, Offaly (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Great course, if you want the knowledge necessary to breed competitive / good quality horses this course is for you. The knowledge gained via investigation of pedigree, progeny, competition results prepared participants to make well informed choices when breeding. It covers all aspects of breeding choosing suitable mares / stallions, feeding requirements pre and post foaling , identifying the phases in the mares’ cycle , the covering , types of semen and suitability for certain situations , scanning , foaling , health of mare and goal and how to deal with problems. Very interesting and it has certainly armed me with more confidence around breeding.

Cilian McHugh, Meath (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

I would highly recommend this course to both experienced and novice breeders. The content included is tailored to the modern day breeding environment. The guest lecturers were complete subject matter experts within their fields and their lectures were delivered in an easy manner conducive to a learning setting.

Gro Hylén, Deerpark Stud, Ravensdale (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

This course really boosted my interest and my knowledge of Sport Horse breeding. The knowledge I gained in researching pedigree, assessing a broodmare, foaling etc will be very useful for me as I am breeding my first Sport Horse this year.

Aine Casey, Galway (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

I took the Sport horse breeding course in 2020, I found the knowledge transfer to be very effective and the advice and Q & A sessions from the guest lectures to be invaluable. I would highly recommend this course.

Michelle Crowley, Cork (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

As a first time breeder, I found this course extremely helpful. It gave a comprehensive overview of everything that should be considered from genetics, mare and stallion selection, foaling through to mare, foal and young stock nutritional requirements and much more. The material was released on a weekly basis making it easy to build on your learning from week to week. I would highly recommend this course for first time and experienced breeders alike.

Peter Mannion, Galway (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Excellent course, great content and well delivered.

Pat Hassett, Co.Clare (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Highly recommend doing this course. Helps greatly in assessing animals for breeding etc Course is well structured and tutors very helpful thank you.

Conor Wixted, Clare (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Overall, I found this course very good. The notes and content provided were excellent and there was great support provided throughout the duration of the course. The zoom calls with the industry experts were very informative. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the equine industry who is either starting out or looking to build on their knowledge of breeding mares and rearing young stock.

Roger Thompson, Down (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Really enjoyed the course. Good modular layout and especially liked the Zoom meetings with people who know what they are talking about. Huge detail and yet a lot of points covered. I learnt a lot and have all the notes now to go back over. Many thanks to all.

Nicola Bolger, Carlow (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Good course, learning’s very relevant to daily practice with equine stock.

Chris Snip, Mayo (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

I really enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it.

Maura Mckenna, Mayo (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

I really enjoyed the course from the comfort of home. Maura Mckenna

Anonymous (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Fantastic informational course. Definitely a must for those first venturing into breeding and can expand knowledge of those who are more experienced. I would certainly recommend.

Anonymous (completed the course in 2020 with Dr. Alan M. Hurley)

Overall Excellent course - highly recommend. Thanks again Alan

For more information or to express interest in the course contact Alan Hurley:

Phone: 087 7143169  353 46 906 1119  Email  alan.hurley@teagasc.ie