Young Breeders

ISH Young Breeders National Competition and Breeders Forum – 26th January 2019

The ISH Young Breeder National Competition takes place on Saturday January 26th at Ravensdale Equestrian Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth.  The ISH Young Breeders National Competition is the first step in the selection of teams to represent the ISH Studbook at the 2019 WBFSH International Young Breeders World Championships at Stadl Paura Austria July 19-22

All aspects of the competition are explained fully on the day so prior training is not a prerequisite. A key goal of the event is also to provide education, and support to participants.

The competition is open to those aged 14 -25 years of age on 1/1/19. If you are eligible to enter please give it your consideration. Your support would be appreciated.

Competitors are asked to bring their own horse/ pony to this event for the in-hand discipline. See details in the terms and conditions.

Further information can be found if you click on the Terms and Conditions. Training Material is also available (follow the hyperlink or go to

The number of competitors are limited so please book early. Bookings will close on Thursday January 17th. A completed Application Form must also be submitted at the time of booking.

Breeders Forum at 2.30pm 26th January 2019

All breeders, and other interested individuals, are invited to attend an interactive forum with discussion on conformation & athleticism traits at Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian Centre on Saturday Jan 26th from 2.30pm. The key focus in discussing the horses will be their potential for market – commerce, sport & breeding.

Richard Sheane Cooley Farm, Jack Doyle (Coach, H.S.I. Inspector and ex international showjumper), Andrew Hughes (Ennisnag Stud), Philip Scott (Barnfield Equestrian, Instructor, H.S.I./ C.P. Inspector and ex 3* Eventer) will share their insights and knowledge.

This event presents an opportunity to support and engage with young people competing for the opportunity to be selected as team members representing the ISH Studbook at the WBFSH International Young Breeders World Championships in Austria 2019.

For those wishing to partake in the afternoon Breeders Forum online booking is available here

About the Young Breeders programme:

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

2019 Training Programme Events:

Date Venue Focus Trainer (s) Booking
26 Jan 2019 Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian Centre, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co. Louth 8.30am – 6pm
ISH Young Breeders National CompetitionTerms and Conditions 2019(PDF)

Application Form 2019 (PDF)

1.30pm – 6pm
Educational Event for Breeders/Interested Individuals of all ages – Assessment of confomraiton & athleticism, discussion on market potential – breeding & sport

Jack Doyle, HSI Inspector
Andrew Hughes, Ennisnag Stud
Philip Scott, HSI Inspector
Richard Sheane, Cooley Farm
Booking Form
9 Feb 2019 CSF Connolly Stud Farm, Cummer, Tuam, Co. Galway Assessment of Conformation & Movement
Discussion on Breeding Stock choices and mating decisions
Tiernan Gill, Philip Scott &
Teagasc Equine Specialists
Booking Form
 The following four training sessions are exclusively for the 8 juniors and 8 seniors (closed group) qualifying at the ISH Young Breeders National Competition
9 Mar 2019 Edward Doyle’s Farm
Rathmore, Naas, Co. Kildare
Closed Group
Training & Selection for World Championship Team Positions
Jack Doyle, Philip Scott & Teagasc Equine Specialists Details Soon
23 Mar 2019 Kilconnell Stud,
Fethard, Co. Tipperary
Closed Group
Training & Selection for World Championship Team Positions
Tiernan Gill, Seamas Hayes & Teagasc Equine Specialists Details Soon
6 April 2019 Marion Hughes HHS Stud
Graigue, Kells, Co. Kilkenny
Closed Group
Training & Selection for World Championship Team Positions
Andrew Hughes, Philip Scott & Teagasc Equine Specialists Details Soon
23 April 2019 West Clare Equestrian Centre,
Cooraclare, Co. Clare
Closed Group
Training & Selection for World Championship Team Positions
Tiernan Gill, Martin O’ Dea & Teagasc Equine Specialists Details Soon
Date TBC June 2019 Army Equitation School,
McKee Barracks,
Blackhorse Avenue,
Cabra West,
Dublin 7
Assessing Conformation & Athleticism Traits – open to all aged 14-25 years Comdt. Tom Freyne & Teagasc Equine Specialists Details Soon
19-22 Jul 2019  Stadl Paura Austria WBFSH International Young Breeders Competition ISH Studbook will be represented by
4 Juniors aged 16-19 on 1/1/19
4 Seniors aged 20-25 on 1/1/19

*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

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.