Jess Matchett

Jess Matchett

My name is Jess, I was born and raised on a farm in South Africa. I have been horse mad since a very young age. One of the reasons I moved to Ireland was to become involved in the stud industry in one of the best horse breeding countries in the world. It's safe to say my life now revolves around mares and foals, and I love it!

A Selection of Articles By Jess Matchett

The Grassroots Gazette

SHOW TIME

Continuation of https://thegrassrootsgazette.ie/show-time/ Watching a mare foaling is one of the most magical things you can witness!  Once you’ve checked the presentation and the mare

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Show time

Eleven months, give or take, of marking days and waiting, probably not too patiently, and then comes show time! The moment it is finally time

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KITTED OUT

Whether you believe in diving in elbows-deep as soon as your mare is in labour, or standing back until you are needed, there are some

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CHOOSING A MATERNITY UNIT

There are certain practical preparations that are necessary to make before your mare foals.  One of the most important considerations is where your mare is

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Making Magic

Once you’ve decided you are tossing your hat into the breeder’s ring, that is only just the beginning! Whether you choose live cover or artificial

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What have you got to lose?

There is an old adage whispered in the breeding world… “Don’t breed what you can’t afford to lose!” There is more than one way to

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Raising Foals

Having had my finger in many equestrian pies over the years, for me, raising foals is the absolute pinnacle. It’s often just as magical and

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