This programme prepares the student for managerial roles in the equine industry. The learner will be prepared for work in a supervisory position in riding schools, studs, competition stables, livery stables, young horse training and dealing yards.
The training for Level 6 will also prepare the learner for the British Horse Society (BHS) exams up to BHS Stage 3 and BHS Stage 3 Teach.
Students could go onto further education such as a Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies in Athlone Institute of Technology, Co. Westmeath, Equine Business in NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare or the BSc in Equine Management in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence in an equine environment equivalent to NFQ Level 5 when accessing a Level 6 programme.
Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course and be able to exercise initiative and independence when carrying out course activities.
|Sport Horse Riding
|Horse Conformation and Evaluation
|Sport Horse Riding Instruction
Below is a more detailed description of each of the Components
Sport Horse Riding
The student must develop an excellent riding position and must ride in balance and harmony. They will develop the skills and feel to train and ride horses up to a more advanced standard in dressage, jumping and pleasure riding.
The student will explore the equine digestive system and the science of feeding. They will explore how the horse utilises the nutrients in his diet and the problems and diseases associated with the digestive system.
Horse conformation and Evaluation
This module will enable the learner to relate a variety of features of conformation, movement and jumping technique in the horse to suitability to purpose and soundness. They will develop an awareness of the different static and dynamic conformation requirements necessary for competition horses
The student will study the theory of equitation and put it into practice by evaluating and improving a number of horses of different ability in dressage and jumping throughout the course.
Sport Horse Riding instruction
The student will study the code of practice, safety procedures, managing records, customer care and the theory of coaching. They will plan and deliver a range of riding lessons and oral presentations of different topics to a high standard throughout the course.
This is one of the most important modules, whether in the workplace or in a college environment. It is essential to be able to transfer knowledge in a clear, concise way and also to be aware of the different types of communication (verbal and non-verbal). The module covers both written and practical aspects of communication i.e. presentations, group interaction and gives learners the opportunity to practice and gain confidence in making presentations, for example presenting new ideas that would benefit workers in their vocational area.
Students will find work placement in a suitable equine setting where they will apply their skills including demonstrating the ability to work in a supervisory capacity. Work-experience classes will prepare the student to apply for this work placement, and future work, by focusing on interview preparation. Students will assess their skills and qualities to produce a CV and cover letter. They will investigate their employment sector and identify job openings and future training opportunities. The placement reinforces the skills learned at North Connaught College and aids the development of employability/transferable skills.