Young Breeders

The Young Breeders programme is a joint programme between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland. The programme is aimed at those between the ages of 14 to 25 years who are interested in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses. They do not have to be breeders themselves or come from an equestrian background. An avid interest and an eagerness to participate and learn is all that is required.

The skills and knowledge transferred through training serve as a foundation for those with an interest in developing their knowledge of the horse. These skills come into focus for varied uses including purchasing a new horse/pony; deciding about which mares/stallions to use for breeding; assessing offspring; presenting horses for inspection, sale, show or competition.

The Young Breeders Programme is a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet with their peers and make contacts in Ireland and throughout the world who share their interest in horses.

The main activities of the Young Breeders Programme involve training days and national and international competitions.


The concept of Young Breeders was first introduced in Ireland in 2005 and has since been encouraged and developed by Horse Sport Ireland and Teagasc. The first national Young Breeders competition took place in Ireland in June of 2006 and in July 2009 the WBFSH Young Breeders World Championships took place in Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny. A world championship competition occurs every second year, with the most recent taken place in Spruce Meadows Canada 2017 and the next planned for Austria July 2019.

Young Breeders Competitions

Young Breeders Competitions are open to everyone aged between 14 and 25 years of age that have an interest in horses. Competitors will be divided into two age groups (junior and senior) and the competition will consist of five different sections:

1. Theory (stable management, the sport, breeding, feeding, health and welfare)
2. Assessment of Conformation
3. Assessment of Loose Movement and Loose Jumping
4. Presentation of horses in hand using the triangle system
5. Turnout of horses

2018 Training Programme Events:

Date Venue Focus Trainer Booking
Feb 24 2018


Kilconnell Stud,


Co. Tipperary


Assessment of Conformation, Movement & Jump Tiernan Gill & Teagasc Equine Specialists


Mar 24 2018


Ennisnag Stud,


Co. Kilkenny

Assessment of Conformation & Movement Andrew Hughes & Teagasc Equine Specialists


April 4 2018


Hodson Bay Hotel,


Co. Westmeath

Careers Pathways

Breeding & Markets

Assessing horses (videos) with expert panel

Multiple panel discussions

Full Details soon to be announced


May 12 2018 Lissyegan Stables,



Co. Galway

Assessment of Conformation, Movement & Jump Philip Scott & Teagasc Equine Specialists


June 25 2018 Army Equitation School,

McKee Barracks,

Blackhorse Avenue,

Cabra West,

Dublin 7

Assessment of Conformation, Movement & Jump Comdt. Tom Freyne  & Teagasc Equine Specialists


July 18 2018  Tiernan Gills, Church Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo Assessing Conformation & Athleticism Traits  Tiernan Gill
September 29 2018  Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny  Assessment of Conformation & Athleticism; In Hand Presentation  Tiernan Gill, Philip Scott & Teagasc Equine Specialists

*Information will be provided in the coming months re July & September training activities

Contact information

If you are interested in participating at any of the Young Breeder training days or for further information please contact the organisers:

Wendy Conlon: 087 9879083
Crea Warner: 087 2218004

The ‘ISH Young Breeders’ are also on Facebook – ‘like’ the page and be kept up to date
Visit the ISH Young Breeders Facebook page

To be kept informed please contact Wendy Conlon to ensure your details are included in the Young Breeders database. You will then receive text alerts and receive any relevant emails. New members are always welcome and all levels of experience are catered for. The Young Breeders Programme is a fantastic way to meet new friends from all around the country with a similar interest whilst improving your horse knowledge.