• Equine Management - CAFRE

    My name is Leanne O’Sullivan and I am a Journalist with The Irish Field newspaper. I began working with The Irish Field a year ago as an intern through a graduate programme offered at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Enniskillen Campus.

    After finishing my Leaving Certificate I was offered my preferred CAO choice to study Equine Science at University College Dublin (UCD). However, I was disappointed to find that there was very little focus on equine studies during the first two years of the degree course. I soon lost interest and transferred to CAFRE Enniskillen where I studied for a BSc honours degree in Equine Management. 

    The practical-learning ethos of the college really appealed to me and the balance between academic study and hands-on learning made my college experience far more enjoyable. 

    CAFRE helped me by preparing me for what life would be like out in the equine industry. We studied topics such as business management and development, equine nutrition, equine industry challenges and received expert training in yard management and equitation, breeding and sales preparation.

    What I found most beneficial were the opportunities offered to students to interact with and learn from those out in the industry. The highlight for me was our final year stud trip. We visited some of the finest yards in the country and got a great insight into how industry leaders run a successful operation.

    The industry exposure and excellent teaching provided by CAFRE helped me to grow in confidence and ultimately helped me to secure a job in the equine industry.

    I would recommend studying at CAFRE to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the equine industry. There are a wide range of courses available - from farriery to equine management - and the facilities and opportunities available at the campus are second to none.

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