The Young Breeders Programme, a joint initiative between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), began in 2005. Young breeder teams have represented the Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Studbook at the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses Young Breeders World Championships in Denmark (2005), Ireland (2009), France (2011), Sweden (2013), Canada (2017) and Austria (2019).

Though international competition has been an important benchmark for the programme the real wins are for the wider group of 200 plus young people nationwide who in a ‘normal’ year benefit from participating at the various training days, workshops and events.