ISH Young (Equine) Breeders National Championships Results

  • 5 April 2022, 10:46

The 2022 ISH Young Breeders National Championships took place on Saturday, 2 April, at Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. The event was hosted by Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland, supported by Department of Agriculture Food and Marine.

Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine specialist said; “A dedicated and focused group of 15-25 year olds demonstrated their skills as horse handlers, their knowledge in assessment of conformation and athleticism traits of horses; while also completing a theory test on equine health and welfare; nutrition; stable management and the sport.”

Clare Ryan, Tiernan Gill, and Philip Scott set the standards for their younger counterparts to match in the assessment of the Ennisnag Stud horses in conformation, movement and jump over the course of the morning. In the afternoon Tiernan, Philip, Andrew Hughes and Conor Higgins assessed the skills of the handlers presenting horses on the triangle.

The competition acts as the first step in the qualification process for team participants to represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses International Young Breeders World Championship taking place in Ermelo, Holland from the 7th – 9th of July 2022.

Prizes were provided to those who scored best overall when the disciplines of theory, conformation and athleticism assessment, and in hand were combined and also for each individual discipline within both age categories.


Winners of the Senior section overall; Amy Finn (1st), Níamh Sheridan (2nd) & Annie Madden (3rd).


Senior (20-25 years) Overall Winners Junior (15-19 years) Overall Winners


1st Amy Finn, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny


2nd. Níamh Sheridan, Bundoran, Co. Donegal


3rd Annie Madden, Summerhill, Co. Meath

1st Edward Hennessy, Dungourney, Co. Cork


2nd Grace Curtin, Adare, Co. Limerick


3rd Aoife Kirby, Birdhill, Co. Limerick


Amy Finn was “really delighted to win and be recognised for all of the hard work. The day was amazing, and I really appreciated the opportunity to assess the stallions in particular. I hope to be competitive in the next stages of selection for World Championship team as it is my last year of eligibility and I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two World Championships in Austria and Canada.”

Edward Hennessy said “having first become involved in 2019 and attending World Championships in Austria I feel now I am starting to get my confidence. I was really happy with my In Hand and appreciated all of the ringcraft tips shared in the pre National training session and decided to challenge myself in positive risk taking for the trot phase which paid off. I am delighted with the achievement and can’t wait for the next training days.”

Additional to those placed above the following seniors placing 4th – 7th overall Joanne Whyte, Ardagh, Co. Longford; Dylan Connolly, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway; Michelle Dunne, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary; and Maria Cairns, Whitechurch, Co. Wexford are invited to advance to World Championship team selection. Also juniors placing 4th -7th overall Shane Donohoe, Ballina, Co. Mayo; Érin Sheridan, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Sorcha Kirby, Birdhill, Co. Limerick, and Camilla Snow Coyne, Letterfrack, Co. Galway.


Senior & Junior prize winners from all sections.


Seniors Conformation Assessment Loose Movement and Jumping Assessment In Hand Presentation
1st Dylan Connolly (see above) Joanne Whyte (see above) Amy Finn (see above)
2nd Seamus Dermody, Tullow, Co. Carlow Shannon Kelly-Fitzgerald, Ballinamult, Co. Waterford Michelle Dunne (see above)
3rd Michelle Dunne (see above) Amy Finn (above) Dylan Connolly (see above)
Juniors Conformation Assessment Loose Movement and Jumping Assessment In Hand Presentation
1st Allison Flynn, Raheny, Dublin Tom Hayden, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Edward Hennessy (see above)
2nd Érin Sheridan (see above) Érin Sheridan (see above) Eoghan Hilliard, Castlepollard, Co. Meath
3rd Keila Galavan Glynn, Leopardstown, Dublin Josie Alcock, Grantstown, Co. Waterford Jack Geaney, Castleisland, Co. Kerry


Winners of the Junior section overall; Edward Hennessy (1st), Grace Curtin (2nd) & Aoife Kirby (3rd).


The event is a team effort with too many to mention involved and the input of all is greatly appreciated. Worth mentioning is the valued contribution of past young breeders Conor Higgins (mentioned above), Melissa Glynn, Nicole Groyer and Vera O’ Callaghan giving back to the programme having previously benefited themselves.


More photographs from the weekend are on ‘ISH Young Breeders’ on Facebook; and further information about the programme on; and


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