Breeding Events

Horse Sport Ireland wishes to acknowledge the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine support under the Equine Technical Support Schemes 2021 in the following projects in 2021

Project Title
Irish Cob Studbook DNA Typing
Irish Sport Pony Studbook DNA Typing
Irish Draught & Irish Sport Horse Stud Books  DNA
Irish Cob Studbook Stallion, Mare & Gelding Inspections
Irish Draught, Irish Sport Horse and Irish Pony Studbook Stallion Selection
Selection of Mares in the Irish Draught, Irish Sport Horse & Irish Pony Studbooks            
Breeding Publications
Attendance & Participation at Lanaken 2021
Attendance & Participation at Lion d’Angers
Genetic Indexing

Horse Sport Ireland will host their annual 3-and 4-year-old filly horse and pony loose jumping competition this November. For 2021 we are also including a similar competition for young colts. The aim of these classes is to identify young performance colts and fillies for the future production and classification for breeding and to reward the successful breeders. The classes are open to all DAFM and WBFSH studbook registered colts and fillies.

An additional section has been introduced this year for Traditional Irish Horse (TIH) colts. This is being incorporated to assist in the identification of any potential young TIH stallions for potential future breeding in Ireland. A number of the breeding schemes run by Horse Sport Ireland this year has already supported the breeding (ET scheme and TB% Scheme) of TIH foals and the repatriation of TIH Irish performance bloodlines through the Mare upgrade scheme. The TIH loose jumping section now seeks to to support the identification and potential retention of suitable TIH performance colts.

Horse Sport Ireland are delighted to offer a generous prize fund for both owners and breeders across all three competition sections. The filly horse section has a total prize fund of €22,500 with prizes going down to 8th place and an additional €7,500 in breeder’s prizes. The colt all breed competition boasts €7,200 in prizemoney and €2,250 for their breeders. The TIH colt competition boasts a €22,000 prize fund and an additional €4,500 in breeder’s prizes. The filly pony section prize fund is €3,500 with an additional €1,000 in breeder’s prizes.

Pony Section
Creagh (12th November) – Closing date 10th November

Horse Section (Fillies, Colts & TIH colts)
Tubberbride (11th November) – Closing date 9th November
Kernans (17th November) – Closing date 15th November
Warrington EC (22nd November) – Closing date 20th November

The colt and filly competitions are open to any three or four-year-old horse that is registered in a DAFM approved Studbook or WBFSH Studbook. The TIH competitions are open to any three and four-year-old colts registered in a DAFM studbook with a verified TIH classification. The filly pony competition is open to any three and four-year-old pony that is registered in an EU Studbook.

Please CLICK HERE for term and conditions and CLICK HERE to apply online.


Please click HERE to apply to host a leg of the development series.



Lanaken Selection Criteria 2020 announced

Horse Sport Ireland have announced the selection criteria for the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2020. The Championships, for 5, 6 and 7 year old horses, will be held from 15th to 20th September 2020 at Lanaken, Belgium.

Full criteria can now be viewed by downloading the criteria document below.

Lanaken WBFSH Quota Horses

Lanaken FEI Quota Horses

Horse Sport Ireland Coaching and Breeding Conference – Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at Cavan Equestrian Centre














Judy Reynolds to attend Horse Sport Ireland’s Breeding and Coaching Conference

Following the historic success of the first-ever Irish Dressage team to qualify for the Olympic Games, Horse Sport Ireland are delighted to announce that the record-breaking Judy Reynolds will be included in this year’s panel at the HSI Coaching and Breeding Conference. The conference will take place on Tuesday the 3rd of December, Cavan Equestrian Centre. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge with practical sessions and interviews with some of our industries top professionals, this year’s coaching and breeding conference promises to be a spectacle for everyone working within the Sport Horse industry and is one not to be missed. Ensure you book online to have your voice heard by Ireland’s number one Dressage rider alongside Richard Waygood MBE and Dr. Gerd Heuschmann.

This year alone, Irish Olympic Dressage Rider, Judy Reynolds pulled off a stunning performance in the FEI Dressage European Championships 2019 to secure the Irish dressage team their first-ever place at the Olympics (Tokyo 2020). In doing so, Judy set a new Irish Grand Prix record scoring an impressive 76.351%. This streak of class continued through the week where Judy set a new Irish International record in the Grand Prix Special, finishing 5th with a score of 78.2% and again setting a new Irish record in the Freestyle to Music finishing 5th with a score of 85.5%. Earlier in the year, Judy finished third in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Germany. This is the first time an Irish rider has succeeded in a podium finish in a FEI World Cup in Europe. This year Judy has set the Irish dressage world on fire. We are privileged to get the chance to hear first-hand, her journey so far to the main stage.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K (Photo: Joe Reynolds)

Richard Waygood is included in the guest panel for this year’s conference. Chef d’Equipe for the British Eventing squad heading for the European Championships in Luhmühlen, Waygood has two Irish Sport Horses on his team. The British Eventing squad are the current team and individual WEG Gold medallists. Before his career with the Eventing team, Richard Waygood was the High – Performance Dressage Manager for Team GB from 2010 – 2016. During his time with this squad he achieved team and individual Olympic gold medals in London 2012, as well as team gold in the European Championships 2011.

The third guest to appear at the HSI Coaching and Breeding conference is Dr. Gerd Heuschmann. Professional rider, Veterinarian, International Lecturer and Author. Dr. Gerd Heuschmann will join us to discuss production of young horses. In 2008 he published his book Tug of War which highlights the importance of correct training methods and the long-term impact of incorrect training methods on a horse’s potential. This was followed up four years later with his second book The Balancing Act which emphasizes the importance of being a responsible rider.

Tickets are pre-paid only and places must be booked in advance. Please ensure to book your place early as places will be allocated in a first-come, first-served basis.

3 CPD points will be allocated to HSI Accredited Coaches in attendance at this event.

To secure your place, please book online via the HSI website at

Or contact the HSI Coaching Department on +353 (0)45 854 533

 Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: Cavan Equestrian Centre

Tickets: €50 (includes lunch)