Equine students were on the road recently as they visit ed Co Kildare to learn more about the Thoroughbred industry.
The students first point of call was to Paul Deegan’s racing yard at Clifton Lodge located on the edge of The Curragh.
Head girl Anna Deegan described all aspects of the daily running of a racing yard.
She discussed topics with students such as feeding, nutrition, stable and yard design, exercise regime, illness, injury, common problems in the yard as she showed them the facilities and horses in the yard.
Anna then brought students out to visit the Maddenstown gallop which is part of The Curragh Training Grounds.
The next stop on the trip was at Thoroughbred Remedies Ireland (TRI) which is situated beside The Curragh racecourse. Philip Masterson, co-owner of the business, spoke to the students. He explained how his business started and how it had grown over the years and now had a sister company Thoroughbred Remedies Manufacturing (TRM).
The final part of trip was a visit to the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) headquarters to speak with Kerry Ryan, Office Manager. Kerry explained to students how the ITBA had begun and how it was funded. The main aim of the ITBA is working to educate Irish breeders, improve the quality of stock and the Young Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (YITBA). An important part of the YITBA is its apprenticeship scheme which is now in its fifth year. YITBA apprentices have gone on to become chairperson of the YITBA and fulfil roles in organisations such as Horse Racing Ireland.
All students have gained a greater understanding of the different areas of the Thoroughbred industry and the students would like to thank all industry representatives for their visit.