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Level 3 in Equine Management

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Course Duration

Full-time: 2 years (including placement)

Course Location

Enniskillen Campus

Level 3 in Equine Management

This Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma course provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue a career in the equine industry or progress onto higher education. The course is taught using the practical facilities at Enniskillen Campus.

Course content

Main areas of study are:

  • Biological systems of horses
  • Business management
  • Competition grooming
  • Equitation - flat and jumping
  • Equine health
  • Horse behaviour and welfare
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Stable and yard management
  • Stud practices
  • Tack and equipment
  • Working with horses from the ground
Course Progression

Foundation Degree or Honours Degree programmes in Equine Management or a range of other degree programmes depending on the university requirements.

Students are ideally suited to find employment of a practical nature in a wide range of equine businesses, or as some have done, set up their own companies. Examples of careers include: managing own business, breaking and schooling horses and/or livery; work riders in racing yards; stud grooms; national and international sport horse grooms and sales representatives.

Work placement

Students complete five weeks of approved work placement within the two years of the course. Typically students work in a range of yards depending on their area of interest, for example breeding, racing, eventing, show jumping and dressage.

Course Entry Requirements

Normally four GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English Language  and Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate applications: Ordinary Level – Four Grade 4s, including English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours of experience in the equine industry, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.

Those wishing to undertake the riding unit should be at British Horse Society Stage 2 Level.

Please note there is a weight limit of 89kg (14 stone), including tack and equipment.

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Enniskillen Campus provides the widest range of equine courses in Ireland. The college aims to develop a competitive equine industry and produce graduates with the capability to succeed in a wide range of careers.

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      Amy Rowlands

      Amy Rowlands

      “I wanted to work with horses since I started volunteering at my local RDA. I knew that in order to pursue a career in the equine industry CAFRE would be the best place to start. One of my favourite memories is when I went on the gallops for the first time riding 'Robin'. It was so exciting and I couldn't get over the thrill."

      Shelley Stuart

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      Shelley Stuart
      Senior Lecturer (Equine)



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