The Teagasc National Equine Conference takes place on Thursday this week. The Tullamore Court Hotel is the venue this year with breeding and producing the modern showjumper for all Irish horse breeders  the theme of the conference this year.

Speaking to AgriLand Paula Staunton of Teagasc said: “For people who have an interest in this industry, the conference will provide them with plenty of unique information on all areas.”

Numerous topics will be discussed at the event. In the first session Declan McArdle of Teagasc will speak on factors impacting financial success, he will be followed by Wendy Conlon who will review and analyse the performance of Irish sport horse. Alison Corbally of Horse Sport Ireland will examine recent developments in the Irish sport horse stud book.

The second session will look at the experiences of some successful breeders and producers, including breeders Carmel Ryan, Patrick Connolly and Greg Broderick, international rider and producer.

In the third session Jacques Verkerk, selector for Borculo Sale, Holland will focus on breeding show jumpers for the world market. Paul Hendrix, Hendrix Stables, breeder and commercial trader, Holland will also look at the marketplace. Finally Clem Mc Mahon, international rider and producer will speak on embracing knowledge of the global market to make progress at farm level.

The event kicks off at 10am on Thursday. Admission is €40 that includes lunch and organisers say pre-booking is essential. For more information contact contact: [email protected] or call 087 9731500