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 found in 1967 and has provided 50 years of high quality education and training with equine courses being offered since the early 1990s. The combination of excellent equestrian, teaching and residential facilities at the campus enables students to develop their practical and academic competencies in a pleasant environment. The students receive excellent support from members of the local equine industry.
The campus has been redeveloped to provide an impressive range of indoor and outdoor facilities. There are stabling facilities for student livery horses, a horse walker, an indoor arena and a number of outdoor arenas.
The college racing enterprise, sited on the Enniskillen Campus rural estate, gives students invaluable experience in handling and riding racehorses in training. A specialist breeding unit, enables students to gain experience in managing a yard and participate in the events within the equine stud calendar. The equitation unit provides first class facilities for training the horse and rider.
Students also have the opportunity to contribute to the management of the Equine Units at Enniskillen Campus. This helps students to develop management and organisational skills, including, maintaining detailed physical and financial records. The units also provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the daily care and handling of broodmares and young stock. Currently, there is a range of broodmares in the breeding unit, including, Flat and National Hunt Thoroughbred mares and Sport Horse mares. Students are involved in a range of activities, including, preparation for foaling, monitoring mares around foaling, stallion selection and preparation of the Thoroughbred foals for the sales.
In addition to completing their formal academic studies, students participate in a wide range of activities throughout the academic year, which complement formal course work. These activities include the Campus Racing and Riding Clubs.