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ITBA Northern Region Open Evening

ITBA Northern Region hosted an informative Open Breeders evening in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast last Thursday January 12th at which regional breeders’ successes both flat and national hunt were also acknowledged.
18-January-23
ITBA Northern Region Open Evening

ITBA Northern Region hosted an informative Open Breeders evening in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast last Thursday January 12th at which regional breeders’ successes both flat and national hunt were also acknowledged.

ITBA’s CEO Una Tormey introduced the evening highlighting the need for such open breeders’ meetings, noting this was the third in such events in recent months. ITBA Northern Region Chairman Dean Harron then updated those in attendance on the ongoing work the ITBA is undertaking, including igniting regional activity and engagement. He encouraged Breeders to get involved with the ITBA and communicate regularly with us.

Attendees heard from ITM's CEO Charles O’Neill on the success of the IRE Incentive Scheme to date and the importance of the scheme to the Irish Sales market. He talked through the success of Irish sales in 2021 and the works undertaking by ITM to ensure overseas buyers remain a constant presence at Irish sales. Head of Environment & Nutrition with the IEC, Alan Creighton discussed the services the IEC offer to breeders and ongoing measures breeders should undertake to ensure farm hygiene and best practices on stud farms. He drew attention to the Farm Hygiene Package currently on offer to ITBA members. Details can be found on ITBA website or by contacting the IEC directly on 045-866 266.

Pedigree Research Manager with Weatherbys, Michelle Fogarty talked breeders through the e-Passport concept and also the 30-day Foal notification process and encouraged breeders to comply with this in 2023. Attendees also heard from Chief Veterinary officer Robert Huey who touched on topics such as the importance of Flu Vaccinations and using the IEC services to test where there are concerns. He also discussed plans to introduce an Equine Premises Registration in Northern Ireland system similar to that in the South.

ITBA Chairman Cathy Grassick closed the breeder’s discussion and thanked those in attendance. She emphasised ITBA’s continued support to the Northern region with initiatives like the annual Cafre Bursary together with the continued sponsorship of the racehorse to riding horse class at Balmoral Show. She also highlighted the need for encouraging Next Generation breeders to get involved with the Association.

Following the discussion regional chair Dean Harron acknowledged regional breeders who bred black type/graded winners in 2021 and presented 8 Awards to attendees celebrating their recent success at home and abroad. Following another successful year on the track, the award winners were:

LEADING NH WINNER – BATTLEOVERDOYEN (BRED BY BERRY FARMS, AWARD ACCEPTED BY CAROLINE & CHRISTOPHER BERRY)

LEADING NH MARE – JEREMYS FLAME (BRED BY MRS A KIRKWOOD, AWARD ACCEPTED BY HER SON NIGEL KIRKWOOD)

LEADING NH OWNER/BREEDER – (MRS P J CONWAY FOR DELVINO & SANTA ROSSA, AWARD ACCEPTED BY HER SON JARLATH CONWAY)

2021 TWO-YEAR-OLD WINNER – EL BODEGAN, BRED BY CECIL & MARTIN MCCRACKEN, AWARD ACCEPTED BY MARTIN MCCRACKEN & HIS DAUGHTERS ISOBEL & MAISIE)

2021 THREE-YEAR-OLD WINNER THE HIGHWAY RAT BRED BY HONEYPIG STUD (AWARD COLLECTED BY ANDY OLIVER)

2021 OLDER HORSE – POGO (BRED BY THOMAS FOY)

2021 OVERSEAS HORSE – RUMBLES OF THUNDER (BRED BY FRANCIS KILLEN)

Dean finished up the award presentations with special recognition of all the hard work of Margaret Ervine.

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