March 23, 2017

CAFRE students visit Horse Sport Ireland and Troytown

Recently, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management students went on an educational visit to Kildare to supplement their “Care of the Competition Horse” and “Equine Rehabilitation and Therapy” modules which they undertake as part of their programme.

Due to the early start, there was a breakfast stop half way down to ensure that everyone was well fuelled for the busy day ahead.

Trophies at HSIFirst stop was to the Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) headquarters in Naas Co Kildare. Here the students were given a talk about the role of HSI within the sport horse industry in Ireland.  Horse Sport Ireland highlighted how they got started as the Umbrella Body for sport horse organisations.

The talk also included a range of initiatives to help riders, breeders and owners.  The “Jumping in the City” initiative was discussed and the introduction of the “New Heights” show jumping series which will replace the “Premier Series”.


Trophies at HSI 


The students gained a lot of further knowledge regarding the sport horse aspect of the industry, especially to do with back ground information which they may not be aware of when working on a yard.  A stop to Thoroughbred Remedies Ireland at the Curragh is a must when in Kildare. This is one of the largest tack and equestrian clothing shops in Ireland. A bite of lunch and some shopping were next on the agenda!Operating Table at Troytown

Once everyone fed and watered it was on to Troytown Greyabbey Equine Hospital. Here the students were treated to a tour of their amazing facilities.  They got to see the Equine MRI Scanner, which is the only one in Ireland.  The students were also taken to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Units where they learnt about conditions of sick foals and the treatment they were receiving, along with meeting some of the patients and having their cases explained.  Lastly they got to see the bone scanning (scintigraphy).  The students were extremely happy to have had the opportunity to see around the hospital.


The operating table at Troytown

CAFRE, Enniskillen campus would like to take the opportunity to thank Horse Sport Ireland and Troytown Greyabbey hospital for taking time out from their busy schedules to accommodate the students. The students felt they learnt a lot from each of the visits.

If you would like to find out more about the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management course or other equine courses available at Enniskillen Campus, come along to our open day on Saturday 1st April at 12 noon or alternatively check out our website at



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