Rag Tree Wexford to launch new horsemanship programme aimed at giving young people a leg up

'The Crew' Anne Murphy (HSE), Eamonn Doyle, Helen Ambrose (HSE), Denis O'Connor, Shelly Berry pictured at the open afternoon for another course - the Child & Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) programme at the Rag Tree Equine Centre in Kilmuckridge last year. Pic: Jim Campbell

Amy LewisGorey Guardian

Rag Tree Equine Assisted Learning Centre will soon run taster sessions for a new course that will support people interested in pursuing a career in the equine industry.

The Rag Tree Horsemanship Programme is a new QQI Level 4 Course aimed at people over 16 who have left school or are on a restricted timetable. It will consists of three modules: Stable and Yard Routine, Horse Riding for suitable candidates and a third module to still be decided. QQI Level 4 Personal and Interpersonal Skills will be the alternative module for those not partaking in Horse Riding.

The course will run for two mornings a week (Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.) starting on June 16 and finishing on December 15. It is free of charge to participants and is funded through WWETB under REACH funding. Participants should be aged 16 or over and already have some experience with horses.

In the coming weeks, Rag Tree will run trial sessions of the course to assess suitability and allow potential participants to see what the course will be structured like with an overview of the content. These will take place on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26, and also on Thursday June 1 and Friday, June 2.

The owners of Rag Tree, Denis and Shelly, are encouraging those with an interest in the course to come along to one of the taster sessions to hear what it is all about.

"We are looking for people who are interested in working with horses. We have the taster sessions because that could vary. Someone might say they would love to work with horses but never have done anything with it, or they might have ridden a horse once when they were three,” said Denis

“Ideally, we will find people who have experience with horses and see it as a potential career path. If possible, we would like people who have some experience in horse riding and can ride independently so we can do the horse riding module with them. We will run the taster sessions and choose the ten most suitable applicants after that.”

Those interested in participating and attending one of the taster sessions can contact Shelly on 0874425115 or info@ragtree.ie.