Tranche 2 of HSI Breeding Schemes & Initiatives now open

  • 14 July 2023, 16:10

Please note, the 2023 schemes are now closed. 


A second tranche of Horse Sport Ireland’s breeding schemes and initiatives for 2023 has been opened today, July 14th.

The Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) schemes are funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) through National Breeding Services to the tune of almost €2.9 million, with additional production classes and events to be launched in the autumn.

Through several schemes, DAFM, and equestrian governing body HSI have collaborated to ensure monetary backing for Irish breeders across the country, in all DAFM-approved Studbooks and Irish-bred studbook-registered horses.

While some schemes and initiatives are fully subscribed and closed, a number have been reopened such as Stallion x-ray Screening, Mare x-ray Screening, Mare Upgrade, Embryo Transfer (& ICSI) and Environmental Sampling with the Irish Equine Centre.

Details on closing dates and document submission are in the table below:

Scheme Opening Closing Document submission
Stallion x-ray Screening 14th July 17th August 24th August
Mare x-ray Screening 14th July 17th August 24th August
Mare upgrade 14th July 17th August As previously advertised (31st August)
Embryo Transfer (& ICSI) 14th July 17th August 14th September
Environmental Sampling 14th July 17th August 31st August
Premium Mare Retention FULL FULL As advertised
Colt retention FULL FULL As advertised
Starting Scheme FULL FULL As advertised
Schooling (I & II) FULL FULL As advertised


Availing of this year’s initiatives and schemes – funded by the DAFM and administered by HSI – will help equine breeders to grow their operation and ensure they have the best possible opportunity to make successful breeding decisions, helping them to boost sales and increase potential for elite performance.

For details on all schemes, eligibility criteria and associated deadlines head over to our Breeding initiatives web page by CLICKING HERE.

The HSI roadshow included a presentation from Laura Johnston of Clone Agricultural Consultants Ltd. to discuss the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS II) which was reopened to include equine infrastructure.  Laura discusses the key criteria equine breeders and producers should be aware of, and how they can apply for the TAMS II scheme to support their equine farming enterprise.


Breeding Schemes and Initiatives are funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under National Breeding Services.