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The Irish Horse Board (IHB) has secured a grant of €420,000 (£292,700) to develop a training network for breeders.

Funded by the Irish government’s Training Networks Programme, the broad curriculum will include market knowledge and promotion, veterinary care, nutrition, mare management, youngstock handling and the assessment of stallions.

“The IHB has identified a need for increased emphasis on the training and education of breeders,” said Nicholas Finnerty, director general.

“This funding will facilitate implementation of a comprehensive training programme for sport horse breeders and will be invaluable in the future development of the breeding industry.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (6 December, ’07)