Working for Irish Breeders



The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association is the official representative body of the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry at Government level both at home and internationally. ITBA supports and represents all breeders, big and small, flat and national hunt across the island of Ireland. ITBA is an inclusive all-Ireland body with a regional structure and a dedicated office staff based at Kill in Co. Kildare.

ITBA aims to work with and for the good of all Irish breeders to ensure Ireland continues to be one of the most renowned and successful breeding industries in the world. We do this by supporting, educating, promoting and advocating for all Irish breeders.


Incentive and Bonus Schemes including the National Hunt Fillies Bonus Scheme

Networking and social events

Comprehensive education programme including Ask The Expert Series, Preparation Series and Veterinary Series

Supporting and educating the Next Generation of Irish breeders, providing a pathway for new breeders to enter the industry

Celebrate breeders success at regional and national level awards

Lobbying at national and international government level to make sure your interests are represented

Expanding current applications through the integration of equine sector in TAMS

Creating new framework around DOCOMS

ITBA represents Ireland on both veterinary and general issues at both ITBF (International Thoroughbred Breeders’ Federation) and EFTBA (European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association) series of meetings.

The Association also represents breeders on the boards of all the major industry bodies and liaises with other associations on common issues of importance.

May 27
ITBF’s biennial Conference, will soon be underway, hosted by Japan in 2024.
The Annual General Meeting of ITBA takes place on Monday 27th May 2024, 4pm at ITBA HQ. This will be followed by an EGM.
The ITBA are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter O’Reilly as the new Chief Executive of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
ITBA HQ, Greenhills, Kill, Kildare, Ireland. W91 FY62
+353 45 877 543