Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care parents day

Pre-farrier Student Jamie Quinn (Ballymoney) shows parents some of the tools and the pieces made in the forge.
Pre-farrier Student Jamie Quinn (Ballymoney) shows parents some of the tools and the pieces made in the forge.

Parents and guardians of students studying Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care were recently invited to visit Enniskillen Campus to be updated on what the students have been learning and how they are progressing on their course.

Enniskillen Campus management and staff strongly believe that a partnership between staff, students, parents/guardians, family and friends is most likely to achieve the best performance from the student.

The day started with the students giving a presentation on the modules which they undertake as part of the course. The year manager for the group, Kathryn Hazlett, then spoke briefly to the parents about the impending five week work placement which the students were preparing to go on. This then led us on to the practical session of the day.

The pre-farrier students started off the tour explaining to visitors the use of the forge and the items which they have been making over the course of the year.

We then moved on to the Equitation yard where Danielle McLees and Tara McComb had been busy painting the muscles on to one of the equitation horses – Diablo. They then discussed the muscles and what the horse uses them for when being ridden.

The grand finale was held in the indoor arena where six students performed a drill ride for the parents. This was spectacular and the amount of practice put into this by the six students, Adam Thompson, Coral Logue, Ruby Nugent, Nicole Farrell, Elisha McAteer and Natasha Carlisle and their lecturer Julie McSwiggan, was evident. The drill was performed to Nathan Carter’s “Wagon Wheel” and the theme tune to Black Beauty.

The day ended in the main campus building to get warmed up and the parents/guardians had the opportunity to discuss their student’s progress with the Course Manager and Year Manager of the Level 2 programme. The day was productive and thoroughly enjoyed by all.