Enniskillen Campus facilities
Equine courses offered at Enniskillen Campus incorporate a strong practical dimension and the philosophy of ‘learning by doing’ is applied throughout all programmes. The Campus was founded in 1967 and has provided over 40 years of high quality education and training. Excellent equestrian, classroom and residential facilities exist at the Campus and these are utilised to enable students to develop both their practical and theoretical skills in a pleasant environment.
The College racing enterprise is sited on the Enniskillen Campus, which is located within a 136 hectare rural estate and gives students invaluable experience in handling and riding racehorses in training. A specialist breeding unit, managed by the students, enables them to experience the process of managing a yard and participate in the events within a stud’s calendar.
Students have an unique opportunity to be directly involved with the management of the College Equine Breeding Unit. The scope of the progamme allows students to develop management and organisational skills including maintaining detailed physical and financial records. The Unit also provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the daily care and handling of the broodmares and young stock. Currently there is a range of broodmares in the breeding unit including Flat and National Hunt Thoroughbred mares, Irish Sport Horse mares and a registered Irish Draught mare. Students are involved in all aspects of the stud calendar including preparation for foaling, monitoring of mares during foal watch, stallion selection and preparation of the Thoroughbred foals for the November sales.
In addition to completing their formal academic studies students on these programmes have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, which compliment formal course work, throughout the academic year. These activities include the Campus Racing Club, the Show Jumping Club and the Equine Riding Club.