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ITBA Educational Programme 2022 - Summer Series

ITBA Launches its Summer Series of Online Workshops
ITBA Educational Programme 2022 - Summer Series


Following a very successful Ask the Expert Series, ITBA rolls out the next element of its 2022 Educational Programme, namely its Summer Series. These series of workshops will run from the end of May to the end of June. A number of the workshops are kindly co-funded by the Department of Agriculture under its equine schemes project. In addition, some of the workshops will have accompanying accreditation, equivalent to QQI qualification.

ITBA’s Summer Series of online workshops cover a wide range of relevant and practical based topics, including workplace practices, which takes in staff wellbeing. All workshops will run from - and once again all fees have been waived. For those attending the selection of workshops being delivered by Equi-Ed, plans will be put in place to organise a breeders’ trip to its facilities at Ballybaun Stud in Co. Wexford, where retraining and re-education of retired racehorses takes place.

Commenting on the Summer Series Kerry Ryan said “ITBA has teamed up with both Equi- Ed and Equuip, (Horse Racing Ireland careers and educational division) to further enhance our educational offerings. Each year ITBA’s Educational Programme is created with breeders’ needs; be they established or immerging, at the very core of the planning process. While maintaining proven methods of breeding, it is important all breeders look to adopt modern methods also. Lifelong learning is something ITBA continues to champion as this helps Irish breeders stay at the top level of thoroughbred production.

Also commenting HRI’s Elaine Burke said “‘Equuip, Horse Racing Ireland’s education and training department are really looking forward to working with the ITBA through their series of educational workshops in 2022. These workshops will cover industry topics such as health, safety and wellbeing along with discussions on training, careers and pathways.

Registration is now open for ITBA Summer Series. As spaces are limited, early registration is encouraged. To register for any of these workshops simply email Kerry Ryan to


Equine Biosecurity

Date: Monday 30th / Tuesday 31th May 2022 (Accredited)

This workshop will advise attendees on how they can operate strict biosecurity protocols which are essential to stop the spread of disease on their stud farms / equine premises

Equine Colic and Gut Health (Accredited)

Wednesday 1st / Thursday 2nd June 2022

During this workshop attendees will learn how to recognise the different types of colic, how to assist when they occur and how to avoid through better management practices and optimum gut health.

Equine First Aid (Accredited)

Date: Tuesday 7th / Wednesday 8th June 2022

This fast- paced workshop will cover the fundamentals of first aid. Attendees will learn how to take vital signs, recognize pain in the horse, detect colic, and participate in lots of bandaging in realistic scenarios! All attendees receive a first aid reference booklet.

Importance of Health & Wellbeing in The Workplace

Date: Monday 20th June 2022

This workshop will cover many areas surrounding wellbeing in the workplace and will touch on matters such as mental health and the importance of health and safety on stud farms and equine premises.

Introduction to Industry Careers & Pathways

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2022

This workshop will highlight the many challenging career opportunities which can be found in the Irish breeding and racing industry. It will also mark out the educational support and pathways for people coming into industry as well as those already working in it.

Equine Anatomy & Physiology (Accredited)

Date: Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th June 2022

This two- day workshop will give breeders a more in dept knowledge of anatomy and physiology, helping them to understand a sound and unsound horse, injury prevention, performance enhancement, the importance of bespoke training for each horse and much more.

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First Aid Course - Galway
Oct 30
ITBA Next Generation Pinhook Panel
Nov 07
Autumn/Winter Veterinary Seminar
Dec 05
First Aid Course - Meath
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