National Equine Championship Set For March 23rd

The 2024 Championships for equine enthusiasts and breeders will be hosted at Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, County Kilkenny on Saturday, 23 March. Jointly supported by Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland, and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), the event aims to combine both competition and education. Although knowledge and skill are assessed throughout, there is also a lot of support provided, and so the event is equally accessible for those who have previously attended training and for those who may not have but would like to ‘give it a go’. Some really nice prizes are on offer with support from DAFM, and ‘The Equine Warehouse’.

The young breeders’ programme has established itself as a mechanism for young people with aspirations to learn more about traits that are both successful in competition horses and valued by the marketplace. Entrants will be given the opportunity to learn from expert breeders, riders and producers while gaining access to high-quality demonstration farms and equines nationally.

Highly respected and experienced industry professionals will share their insights on topics such as sport, breeding and market melting education with the competition.

The results of the Championships will be used to identify a panel from which two teams of four will be selected to represent the ‘Irish Sport Horse Studbook’ at the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses ‘Young Breeders World Championships’ on July 4-6 2024 at Stutteri Ask, Denmark.

Ten individuals are to be identified in the junior category (Born 2004 to 2008) and a further ten in the senior category (Born 1998 to 2003) to partake in a further, compulsory, three training and selection days ahead of naming a team of four in both age categories to travel to Demark. As current World Champion titleholders, ISH Studbook looks forward to taking up the challenge again in July.