IT is passion, determination and a knowledge for breeding and producing quality sport horses that the Horse Sport Ireland/Teagasc Young Breeder programme is trying to instil in its members.

There are not many yards that could emphasise the importance of breeding for purpose more than HHS Stud in Co Kilkenny. Fresh from breeding two medal-winning show jumping horses for the Irish Studbook at the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Marion Hughes is keen to stress the basics to the young breeders.