March 9, 2017

Family morning for final year students at CAFRE Enniskillen Campus

Family and friends of the Level 3 Year 2 Extended Diploma in Horse Management students were recently invited to Enniskillen Campus for an update on the progression of individual students. Enniskillen Campus management and staff strongly believe that a partnership between staff, students, parents/guardians, family and friends is most likely to achieve the best performance from the student.

The Family morning commenced with a welcome from Head of Equine Branch, Seamus Mc Alinney and the Programme Manager, Sharon McLaren. Marita O’Loughlin, Year Manager, then complimented the students on their dedication to their studies and continued hard work within their modules. Danielle McLees (Belfast) and Alisha O’Hara (Lisnaskea) gave a presentation outling the range of modules that they are covering in the second year of their programme and discussed the level of work and responsibilities that are expected of them in their second year.

Visitors were then taken to the Campus’ Breeding Unit where students David Collins (Maghaberry) and Sarah McDowell (Dundrod) spoke of their involvement with the mares and how they were preparing for the breeding season within their Equine Stud Management module. They outlined how they were looking forward to the foaling season and how some of their classmates were hoping to see a mare foal for the first time. Visitors were also introduced to the young stock that students were currently breaking as part of their Introduction to the Principles of Young Horse Handling, Training and Backing module.

The grand finale was held in the outdoor arena where five students demonstrated their Show Jumping skills by jumping a course of fences on a range of horses from the Campus’ Equitation Unit. Adam Thompson (Ballyclare), Coral Logue (Newtownabbey), Megan Norton (Carrickfergus), Codi Millar (Londonderry) and Stephen Morgan (Newry) put in an excellent  performance showing their commitment to this module and their hard work  in preparing for the family morning. This was followed by a demonstration by racing students Elisha McAteer (Ballymoney) and Zoe Mc Mullan ( Coleraine) jumping race horses over a hurdle also in the outdoor arena.

The event finished up with a well needed cup of tea to warm everyone up and an opportunity for an update on each student on an individual basis with their Year Manager, Marita O’Loughlin and their Programme Manager, Sharon McLaren. The family morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

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 12noon or alternatively check out our website at

 Level 3 year 2 students show off their riding skills for their family morning at CAFRE Enniskillen Campus

Level 3 Year 2 students show off their riding skills for their family morning at CAFRE Enniskillen Campus

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