Production of Horses for Profit and Performance – Limited places remaining

  • 23 October 2014, 16:20

Just a few days to go to the 2014 HSI Coaching and Breeding conference which will be held at Cavan Equestrian Centre. Places are filling up fast so don’t forget to book your place.

This year the conference will focus on producing horses for profit and performance and will feature internationally renowned equestrian professionals. International show jumping legend Michel Robert will be in attendance as well as lead practitioner for human science and sports medicine at the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Andy Thomas. The conference will also feature explanations and demonstrations on conformation analysis of the performance horse by former KWPN inspector Jacques Verkerk as well as Dr Emmeline Hill of University College Dublin (UCD) who will discuss equine exercise genomics.

The conference will address breeding, training, management and preparation of competition horses and riders for optimum performance. It will also feature demonstrations from Irish show jumping riders Greg Broderick, Sophie Dalm and Capt Michael Kelly.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for all riders and coaches to up-skill, develop their riding and coaching techniques and sharpen observation skills. The conference is open to all and will hugely benefit anyone involved in the equine industry.

13 time international show jumping medallist Michel Robert will explain and demonstrate training exercises to improve both the young horse and the more experienced horse to achieve their optimum performance in competition.

British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Rider-Physio Andy Thomas will advise and demonstrate how to correct the rider’s position and how common postural issues can affect both the horses’ and the riders’ performance.

Equine breeding experts Jacques Verkerk and Dr Emmeline Hill will advise on making the correct breeding decisions and what qualities to look for when selecting young stock.

This conference is a must attend for all equine professionals, riders, breeders, coaches, competitors, instructors, equine students and anyone with an interest in horses.

Timetable of events

This will be an educational, information packed day so call +45  854512 to book today.

Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Cavan Equestrian Centre
Tickets: €50 per adult / €45 per student/child (includes lunch)

Tickets are pre-paid only and places must be booked in advance. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are filling up fast. Book your place today to avoid disappointment. 

Book your place here

Please contact Catherine Farrell on +353 45 854512 or [email protected] for more information
Download the Application Form

Michel Robert Michel Robert has had a distinguished career spanning forty years in international show jumping. He has won 13 medals at Olympic, World Games and European level, come 1st in the top ten in Brussels (2006) and won the final of the Global Champions Tour CSI 5* Grand Prix in Doha (2009), to name but a few achievements. Since his retirement from international competition in 2013 Michel is now dedicated training and educating the next generation of riders and has published books and DVDs.

Dr Emmeline Hill Dr Emmeline Hill is a UCD Lecturer in Equine Science and leads the Equine Exercise Genomics research group funded by Science Foundation Ireland at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science. She has been at the forefront of Thoroughbred performance genomics during the last decade and has published more scientific papers on equine exercise genomics than any other researcher worldwide.  

Andrew Thomas Andrew Thomas is currently the Lead Physiotherapist for the British Equestrian Federation. He is responsible for the Eventing, Dressage, Para Equestrian Dressage and Show Jumping Performance and Development Squads. He was the Olympic Team GB Physiotherapist to the Equestrian Teams in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Andrew has been the Physiotherapist at two World Equestrian Games, and 8 European Championships and is the Lead Physio at Badminton, Burghley, Bramham Three Day Events and also at Olympia.  

Jacques Verkerk Jacques Verkerk is a horse breeding specialist and former inspector for the KWPN both in the Netherlands and North America. He specialises in judging, selecting sport horses and lectures all around the world on sport horse breeding, judging and linear profiling. Jacques also chairs the selection committee of the Elite Foal Auction Borculo, one of the top-class auctions in Europe.

Please contact Catherine Farrell on +353 45 854512 or [email protected] for more information.

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