Young Breeders

About the Young Breeders programme:

The Young Breeders programme is a joint programme between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland, supported by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The programme is aimed at those between the ages of 15 to 25 years who are interested in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses. Participants do not have be breeders themselves. 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.

“World Champion Overall Studbook Team 2022 (Junior and Senior team combined)” (Left to Right – Colin Doyle, Camilla Snow Coyne, Amy Finn, Aoife Kirby, Shane Donohoe, Annie Madden, Edward Hennessy and Maria Cairns)

Further information can be found on the Teagasc website:

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

The ‘ISH Young Breeders’ are also on Facebook – Visit the ISH Young Breeders Facebook page