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Blended 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 wendy.conlon@teagasc.ie or Sean.E.Keane@teagasc.ie  

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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." 

2021 Participants

Colin Folan, Meath.Really educational and informative course. Great value for money and highly recommend it.

This course excelled in two ways - firstly the quality of the course and the delivery by people who really know what they are talking about gave me an education in horse breeding I think I would struggle to get anywhere else and secondly, the community of people on the course who are in a similar position to me will allow me to make contacts and friends to continue my learning journey.

Una Davide, Wexford (Horse trainer)
I want to say big thank you for Dr. Alan M Hurley and all speakers on amazing Sport Horse Breeding course 2021, I learned very useful things about breeding, taking care for broodmares and offspring, how to search and declare mares and selection of stallions for your breeding goal. I clearly understand how to now read pedigrees, performance and compare progeny performance of the chosen stallion for my mares. Again many thanks to all speakers. I recommend this course to anybody involved with horses and especially someone who thinks to go bit further such as a breeding horses.

Anonymous: Thoroughly enjoyed the course and the excellent presenters.

Leanne O’Hara, Kilkenny
I signed up to this course in the hope to refresh and expand my equine breeding knowledge. In my opinion, the course is well suited to both modern sport horse and thoroughbred breeders. Upon finishing the course, I feel as though I am more equipped to design an effective, reliable breeding plan. I would highly recommend this course to first time, novice and advanced breeders.

Really interesting course with lots of expert’s speakers and a wide variety of topics covered. Particularly enjoyed looking at the commercial side of breeding. Thanks again Alan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ber Murphy, Carlow : I found this course very beneficial to bring me up to-date with breeding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Niall Gallagher, Galway: Would highly commend this very insightful course. Thanks Alan.

Great course even if you are not breeding as understanding breeding & genetics gives you a deeper knowledge & understanding of horses.

Samantha FitzSimons, Kildare
I really thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it. The quality of the speakers was excellent and the course notes were great. A great course for anyone already breeding or planning to start breeding.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

I found the Sport Horse Breeding distance learning course worthwhile and interesting. A new topic every week kept it fresh and the tutor was very helpful. Thanks again Alan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jane Barry, Wicklow
I found the course very informative and the lectures very enjoyable, I found myself really looking forward to the weekly zoom calls and if for any reason I couldn’t attend live it was so easy to watch them back I’m looking forward to doing another course in the future Thanks so much Alan.

The course covered a good range of topics and accompanied with good supporting notes which I found very useful. Lectures were delivered by experts but in an easily digestible manner. I have taken learnings from this course and will be implementing them in my own breeding programmes. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who want to learn more about horse breeding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Roisin Scully, Cork
Gained a wealth of knowledge. Easy to work around. Would highly recommend. Well done Alan.
Anyone who has no formal training in equine production should do this course. Even if you have some knowledge and are managing, you still have loads to learn and I would highly recommend this course, you will look at your equine breeding in a far more informed light.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Karena Fitzgerald, Cork
This course was very informative for the novice as well as anyone who has bred horses before. It gives up to date and new information on new theories which are also very interesting. The zoom lectures were given by excellent speakers full of information. A well run course which all will benefit from. Thanks again Alan.

An excellent resource for any horse breeder in Ireland. Fantastic information, variety of speakers/expertise and a supportive course head. Thank you Alan.


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