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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.

Topics include developing a breeding programme, genetics, reproductive anatomy, physiology and husbandry (herd health and nutrition).

Online platforms including Zoom and Moodle are utilised. A commitment to self-study is important. Practical learning is also provided with a farm visit experience.

For further information contact alan.hurley@teagasc.ie 

The course intake for 2021 is now booked out. 
Register your interest for future Distance Learning Breeding Courses


Martina Sherman, Kildare completed the course in 2019

"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".

2020 Participants:

Dr Sinéad Corrigan, Monaghan "I thought this was a very well structured programme and one I would recommend. The content was engaging and informative in terms of many aspects of equine breeding."

Marguerite Kavanagh, Offaly "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 "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, Louth"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 "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 "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  "Excellent course, great content and well delivered."

Pat Hassett, Co.Clare "Highly recommend doing this course. Helps greatly in assessing animals for breeding etc Course is well structured and tutors very helpful."

Conor Wixted, Clare "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 "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."

Nicola Bolger, Carlow "Good course, learning’s very relevant to daily practice with equine stock."

Chris Snip, Mayo"I really enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it."

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


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

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