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Horsemanship / Equitation Programme

Aim: To equip the learner with the knowledge and skills for employment opportunities in the industry. This course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills relating to riding, breaking and training horses, preparation for sale, and encourage students towards Horse Sport Ireland and British Horse Society riding and coaching qualifications. 

Programmes: 

  • Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship / Equitation
  • Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship / Equitation

Duration: Two years

Qualifications: These programmes are validated by QQI and lead to a Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship Award (5M3371) and a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship (6M3505).

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be 17 years old or over on 1st January following entry to Year 1. Applicants must undergo an interview and practical riding assessment before as part of the application process. Students with an equivalent qualification may apply for entry to level 6 programme. This process also includes an interview and riding assessment.

Course Fees: Currently the fees for this course are €990. This fee does not include accommodation and food costs. Please note: Where an applicant is the holder of a major award at Level 6 or higher, an additional course charge of €1,000 is applied.

Student Maintenance Grant: Students completing this course are eligible to apply for the Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme. This equates with the rate of Maintenance Grant set by the Department of Education and Skills based on the number of course contact

Application Process: The initial application should be made   for   Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation) Programme (Year 1).  Apply Online

Location

The course is offered at Teagasc, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny.

Transfer and Progression

  • Students with this Level 5 award may apply to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation) or to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Equine Breeding programme.
  • Progression may be possible through the Higher Education Links scheme. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.

Students who have successfully completed this course have fulfilled the requirements for start-up assistance and schemes as a young trained farmer i.e. Green Cert Status.

What will I study?

Sample content for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship / Equitation Programme  

QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N3355 Stable and Yard Routine 5 30
5N1433 Work Practice (to include some weekend duties) 5 15
5N0690 Communications 5 15
  Plus 60 credits from the following electives 5  
5N3359 Sport Horse Riding Elective 5 30
5N3357 Young Horse Training Techniques Elective 5 30
5N3360 Anatomy and Physiology Elective 5 15
5N3362 Sport Horse Riding Instruction Elective 5 30
5N3364 Horse Breeding Elective 5 15 

 

Sample content from the Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship / Equitation Programme
QQI Code Title Level Credits
6N3481 Sport Horse Riding 6 30
6N1947 Work Practice 6 15
6N3403 Young Horse Training and Breaking 6 30
AE005 Equine Business 6 15
AE009 Equine Coaching 6 30
LP001 Leadership 6 30