A Fun Day of Cross-country at Castle Leslie
The Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care students swapped their usual timetables and classes for a fun filled day at Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan.
The students left the college at 8.00am with the promise of getting to stop enroute for breakfast. So after a quick stop off with students refueled and ready to go, we arrived at Castle Leslie. The students met the Centre manager Jenny Richardson (an equine graduate from Enniskillen Campus) and Orlagh Sheehan, who was to take them out around the cross country.
Two rides went out, one at 10.00am and one at 11.15am. They started with a fast canter up the hill. Little were they aware that the jockeys in this group would get very competitive and turn this into a race! The students then headed to the forest were they completed lines and combinations, the horses testing the riders’ reaction times at these. They moved on and completed some different combinations of ditches, drops and steps up. The students had great fun here as they had a challenge of completing a course.
When they returned from the cross-country the students washed off their horses and left them with coolers and lunch for the day.
A great day was had by the students and Enniskillen Campus would like to take the opportunity to thank Castle Leslie once again for their hospitality.
Danielle McLees (Belfast), Elisha McAteer (Ballymoney), Leigh Camlin (Lisburn) follow the first group of riders to see how it is done!
Students attempt the jumps on foot!
Nicole Farrell (Florencecourt) tackles one of the many types of cross country fences they got to experience at Castle Leslie