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Equestrian Centre Helpers Programme

The Equestrian Centre Helpers Programme is a programme designed to educate children aged between 12 years and 18 years old in a number of areas of equine care and stable care and is usually run during school holidays over a number of days.  Graduates of the programme can then become a volunteer in our Equestrian Centre, we call our under 18 years old volunteers our educational helpers!

  • How horses communicate & how to communicate with them
  • How to put on a how to tack up with a bridle, saddle & roller
  • How to groom correctly
  • How to muck out a stable
  • How to lead a pony

This is a Festina Lente certified course and when all of the above can be done correctly and independently, the person will then be eligible to become a helper in our equestrian centre.  To facilitate holidays it can be done over a period of time, eg Mid Term Breaks, Christmas, Easter or Summer Holidays.  Please note that horse riding lessons are not part of this course.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Equestrian Centre Helpers Programme can contact our Equestrian Centre Office:

Clodagh Carey
Tel: (01)2720704/ 2720706 ext 201
Email:  clodagh@festinalente.ie

Please note for anyone wanting to become a regular helper in our Equestrian Centre after completing this programme Garda vetting is required for children age 16 years and older and due to new 2016 legislation the Garda Vetting must be completed prior to a helper starting in our Equestrian Centre.

Upcoming Dates

Age GroupDateStart TimeFinish TimeDurationPrice
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 13th February 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 14th February 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 15th February 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 27th March 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 28th March 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 29th March 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 3rd April 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 4th April 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 5th April 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 3rd July 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 4th July 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 5th July 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 10th July 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 11th July 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 12th July 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 17th July 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 18th July 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 19th July 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 24th July 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 25th July 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 26th July 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 31st July 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 1st August 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 2nd August 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 7th August 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 8th August 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 9th August 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldTuesday 30th October 2018
9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldWednesday 31st October 2018

9am1pm4 hours€40
Children age 12 - 18 years oldThursday 1st November 2018


9am1pm4 hours€40

Please contact Clodagh Carey for availability, Tel: (01)2720704/ 2720706 ext 201, Email:  clodagh@festinalente.ie

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