The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) is the representative body of the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry at Government level both at home and internationally. An inclusive all-Ireland body with an office of dedicated staff based at Kill in County Kildare, the ITBA represents Ireland on both veterinary and general issues at both the International Breeders’ Meeting and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. They also represent breeders on the boards of all the major industry bodies and liaise with other associations on common issues of importance.
To facilitate the sharing of information, regional committees organise educational courses, seminars and tours, trade fairs, open days and social events which act as forums for breeders to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest.
To ensure that breeders continue to benefit from acquiring and updating the necessary skills, the ITBA provides a comprehensive national educational and training programme, including a full-time veterinary consultant who monitors both national and international veterinary information on behalf of members. Breeders can keep abreast of the latest in breeding and veterinary best practice through the circulation of the Codes of Practice, the ITBA Diary, newsletters and circulars.