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Equine Courses

Teagasc full-time Equine education and training caters for two distinct programmes:

Both programmes cater for the sport horse and thoroughbred industries.

Sport Horse Industry

The Irish sport horse industry contributes more than €816 million to the economy each year. The industry provides over 14,000 jobs in the sport horse breeding, competition and leisure sectors. The sport horse sector continues not to make only an important economic contribution, but it is also important to the social and cultural fabric of rural Ireland. Ireland has a rich heritage of Irish Sport Horses and many natural attributes in producing horses of the highest quality.

Sport horse career opportunities include yard manager, competition rider, groom, breaking and training, coach, sales prep, and self- employed ventures such as equine tourism. In addition there are a number of career opportunities in supporting or service provider roles.

Stud Management Industry

The Irish thoroughbred industry contributes over €1.84 billion to the economy supporting almost 29,000 jobs. Stud management career opportunities include stud hand, foreman/head person,barn manager, stud farm manager, foaling manager, bloodstock agent, stallion handlier, breaking and training and sales prep. In addition to the above there are a number of career opportunities in supporting or service provider roles. There are good employment opportunities in the industry in Ireland and internationally, including work on stud farms, training yards and equestrian centres. Former students have found employment in the UK, USA, Japan & Australia.

For more information about Equine courses visit the Kildalton College section.