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ITBA Education Programme wraps up 2023

As we approach the end of 2023, ITBA would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all the speakers, some of whom are members of our association, who contributed to the many workshops and seminars of the 2023 Educat
22-November-23
ITBA Education Programme wraps up 2023

As we approach the end of 2023, ITBA would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all the speakers, some of whom are members of our association, who contributed to the many workshops and seminars of the 2023 Educational Programme. We would like to thank them for giving so continuously of both their time and expertise. The reality is without industry stakeholder’s support, ITBA would not be in a position to create and deliver its annual educational programme.

Here at ITBA we encourage breeders to develop a culture of continuous learning for the betterment of themselves and members of their stud farm team or breeding operations. The 2023 Education Programme was designed to support and advocate quality thoroughbred horse production, whilst educating both established and emerging breeders.

ITBA hosted over 14 events in the 2023 Educational Programme that were offered online, in-person, and via a hybrid format. In collaboration with the Irish Equine Centre and industry professionals, we have delivered numerous ‘expert’ driven online seminars including Grassland Management, Equine Nutrition, Equine First Aid, Developmental Issues in Foals and Yearlings, and Parasite Control to name a few. ITBA has also brought emerging information on TAMS directly to Irish breeders through multiple online seminars and the production of takeaway documents. The Summer Series workshops were held in-person and included business related seminars, namely administration, introducing industry businesses, statutory health and safety modules, and promoting business growth.

ITBA has also collaborated with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) on the Regional Industry First Aid courses that have been developed by HRI, IHRB and Order of Malta directly for the industry.

The National Flat Seminar was held on the eve of Irish Derby Weekend at The Curragh and drew an international panel that discussed and debated the influence of speed and stamina on race distance.

The latter half of the year saw the Yearling Preparation Workshop where breeders listened to an expert panel including a consignor, vet, farrier and nutritionist. This was followed by a practical visit to Baroda Stud, where attendees got the first chance at looking at stock heading to the sale and ask important questions on the topic. The final event of the year, the Autumn/Winter Veterinary Seminar, looked at preparing for the breeding season and heard from experts on the importance of light for breeding stock and how to get tricky mares in foal. The hybrid event had over 100 in attendance and offered 2 CVE to veterinary attendees.

Many thanks again to the Department of Agriculture, where ITBA secured funding under its 2023 Equine Technical Support Scheme.

Hannah Marks, Education Coordinator comments ‘I would like to thank our fantastic line up of speakers that helped make the Education Programme 2023. We held seminars on a wide range of different topics and the uptake and feedback was very positive throughout the year. Many thanks also to ITBA Chairman Cathy Grassick, ITBA CEO Una Tormey and our Council, who helped put the 2023 programme together. As always, we welcome suggestions for relevant topics for the year coming. You can email suggestions to myself at hmarks@itba.ie. We hope to see you all back in 2024!!’

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