Great day at the Equine Breeding Conference

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CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus was the location for the Equine Breeding Conference held this week on Wednesday (4th November 2015).


It was well attended by delegates from all over Ireland as well as visiting Equine students from colleges in England and other parts of the UK. The conference from early afternoon to evening with an opportunity to network, before being called to the lecture theatre by the Equine team, to kick off proceedings.


Alison Corbally

The conference was chaired by Alsion Corhally, Horse Sport Ireland, Director of Breeding & Programmes.

The first topic of the day was Management of the Breeding Stallion, by Tullis Matson, Stallion AI Services.


Tullis Matson

Tallis began his career as Assistant Trainer to Philips Hobbs.  In 1990 he came home to run his father’s non-thoroughbred stud at Twemlows Hall.  In 1993 he left for a stud tour of NZ where he visited 17 studs and racing stables.  While traveling around New Zealand he completed a course on the Artificial Insemination (AI) of horses.  At this point he returned to Twemlows Hall Stud Farm and began practicing AI for the first time.

Hot on the heels of Tullis was Mare Reproductive Tract and Physiology a talk by Sunita Jeawon from University College Dublin.  Saunter graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2010, before commencing her career

Sunita Jeawon

Sunita Jeawon

at an equine reproductive practice in the Hunter Valley, Australia, for once breeding season.  She then moved to Belgium where she completed an internship in Embryo Transfer.  Saunter joined the UCD Veterinary Teaching Hospital team as the Equine Internal Medicine Resident in May 2015.

Breaking for supper which was lovely soup and sandwiches in the Campus Cyber Cafe.

Dutifully taking our seats again we were introduced to Professor Tom Buckley from the Irish Equine Centre for his talk on Biosecurity when Breeding.


Tom joined the Irish Equine Centre in 1984 and became Head of Microbiology in 1987.  He is responsible for setting up the Microbiology Unit and also a range of other commercial activities.

Professor Tom Buckley

Professor Tom Buckley

Tom has been involved in the Equine Science course at the University of Limerick since its inception and was appointed Adjunct Professor of Life Sciences in 2007.  Tom is also a Faculty Associate at the UCD Veterinary College in Dublin.

The final talk of the evening was a joint discussion centred on Foaling Management.  This was given by Hayley Sullivan from the Irish National Stud along with Sarah O’Dwyer from TroyTown GreyAbbey Equine Veterinary Services.

Hayley graduated with an honours degree in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin in 2010, before going on to complete a Thoroughbred Management course at the Irish National Stud. Hayley then went on to work at a foaling unit and hospital at Eliza Park Stud in Australia.

Sarah & Hayley

Sarah & Hayley

Sarah graduated from UCD in 2004 and went on to do an equine internship in surgery and medicine at the university.  In 2005 Sarah went to work in Scone Equine Hospital in Australia, one of the largest equine hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere.

A most enjoyable, knowledgeable day ended with questions and some great audience interaction

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