Enniskillen Campus welcomes back past Principals
March 15, 2022
CAFRE Enniskillen Campus recently welcomed back three past Principals to plant an Elm tree in recognition of their service to the Campus. Roy McClenaghan (1989 – 1993), Sam Morrow (1995 – 1996) and Eric Long (1996 – 2001) were joined with the Head of Campus since 2001, Seamus McAlinney, who will retire later in March 2022. The first three Principals (R.H. Houston, R.B. Fulton and D.G. O’Neill) previously planted their trees in 1989.
At the event Martin McKendry CAFRE Director welcomed the past Principals and a number of the current staff. He noted it was fitting for elm trees to be planted in the townland of Levaghy as the origins of the name is Leamhachaidh or ‘elm field(s)’ and also how the planting disease resistant elms demonstrated how technological advancements in land-based research and technologies have progressed since the establishment of the Campus in 1967.
Today the campus provides equine education and knowledge transfer ranging from Level 2 (Apprenticeship/Diploma) to Level 6 qualifications (Honours Degree) with part-time agriculture courses, farriery courses and industry training also delivered at the breeding, racing and equitation facilities on the 62 hectare site. The campus demonstrates some of the latest equine technologies to both students and industry. From digitally measuring and analysing gait and saddle pressures to extensive use of horse riding simulators.
The campus estate has also been developed in recent years as a platform to demonstrate a range of environmental enhancement works which are complimentary to the equine enterprises and enhance student and staff wellness. As an integral part of CAFRE, Enniskillen Campus holds the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Marque accreditation and is managed in an environmentally sustainable way in accordance with the LEAF standard.
CAFRE Enniskillen Campus has developed strong links to the equine industry both nationally and internationally with the campus regularly linking with key industry partners such as Godolphin and Coolmore in addition to working with academic and industry stakeholders in Kentucky and Holland.