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Equine Courses

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

Horsemanship / Equitation Programme

Horsemanship / Stud Management Programme

Both programmes cater for the sport horse and thoroughbred industries.  The duration of each of these is 2 years full-time at Kildalton College. Both programmes are validated by QQI and lead to a Level 5 Certificate (Year 1) and Level 6 (Year 2) in Horsemanship/Equitation or Stud Management/Horse Breeding.

There is no minimum educational entry requirement to Kildalton College. Applicants must be 17 years old or over on the 1st January following entry to Year 1 and must undergo an interview, practical riding (for the equitation course) and an in hand (for the stud course) assessment as part of the application process. Students with a Level 5 equivalent qualification may apply for entry to Level 6 rogramme. This process also includes an interview and riding assessment.

Once students have completed this Level 5 award they may apply to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation) or Stud Management.


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:

Applications should be made for Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Certificate in Horsemanship (Stud Management):

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