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Festina Lente QQI Course Tutors

Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme

Dr Jill Carey, CEO of Festina Lente & Chairperson of Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA)

Dr Jill Carey has worked with Festina Lente since 2001, having previously worked at Programme Manager with St. John of God Brothers.  With an extensive background in training and education, Jill was delighted to integrate this experience with the programmes that have been developed over time at Festina Lente.  Jill has a strong commitment to achieving the correct balance between people’s interest in horses and horse’s welfare and management requirements.  Jill is the course coordinator for the Festina Lente Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme and the Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Programme.  In addition, she is the current chairperson of the Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA) http://www.efeta.ie/.

Roisin Brennan – Festina Lente Course Co-ordinator and Researcher, Supported Helper Programme and Equestrian Training Program instructor.

Roisin Brennan has worked at Festina Lente as a course coordinator and researcher for both Therapeutic Riding and EAL since 2011. She also works part-time on the supported helper programme and on the Equestrian Training Program. Roisin is a recent graduate of UCD and holds a first class Masters in Social Science.

Roisin has apprenticed in several horse training facilities in British Columbia and California discovering new methods of empathetic horsemanship based on equine learning behaviour and cognition. She is a certified silver level Chris Irwin horsemanship trainer in both ground -work and riding as well as an Equine Assisted Learning Building Blocks facilitator from Cartier Equine, Alberta. Throughout her work with horses and people in Canada and in Ireland Roisin has developed a strong interest in the underlying mechanisms of the horse and human bond as well as uncovering sound research methodologies and theoretical frameworks for equine assisted activities.

Equestrian Training Programme

Jacqueline Joynt, Manager of Training and Day Services in Festina Lente

Jacqueline Joynt has worked in Festina Lente since January 2013 initially as a Day Service Facilitator to adults with disabilities and currently as the Manager of Training and Day Services. Jacqueline is committed to bringing current policy into these services so that participants can be fully included in society, be given equal opportunities and enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as those who don’t have disabilities.

Jacqueline holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science (Social Policy) awarded by the National University of Ireland (UCD) and has gained a vast amount of experience working with children and adults with disabilities in different capacities over the past 15 years. Jacqueline has previously been involved in research investigating external forces that prohibit people with disabilities from participating fully in society.

Polly Cassidy: Festina Lente Equestrian Training Programme Facilitator

Polly Cassidy has worked at Festina Lente since 2012 as an Equestrian Training Programme Facilitator, she coaches young adults in a wide range of equestrian related subjects. Polly, who holds a Diploma in Social Care and a HND in Equine Science and Business from Myerscough College Preston and is a BHS AI.  She graduated from the Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy as a McTimoney-Corley Equine Spinal Therapist in 2008.

Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Training Programme

Dr Jill Carey, CEO of Festina Lente & Chairperson of Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA)

Dr Jill Carey has worked with Festina Lente since 2001, having previously worked at Programme Manager with St. John of God Brothers.  With an extensive background in training and education, Jill was delighted to integrate this experience with the programmes that have been developed over time at Festina Lente.  Jill has a strong commitment to achieving the correct balance between people’s interest in horses and horse’s welfare and management requirements.  Jill is the course coordinator for the Festina Lente Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme and the Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Programme.  In addition, she is the current chairperson of the Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association Ireland (EFETA) http://www.efeta.ie/.

Roisin Brennan – Festina Lente Course Co-ordinator and Researcher, Supported Helper Programme and Equestrian Training Program instructor.

Roisin Brennan has worked at Festina Lente as a course coordinator and researcher for both Therapeutic Riding and EAL since 2011. She also works part-time on the supported helper programme and on the Equestrian Training Program. Roisin is a recent graduate of UCD and holds a first class Masters in Social Science.

Roisin has apprenticed in several horse training facilities in British Columbia and California discovering new methods of empathetic horsemanship based on equine learning behaviour and cognition. She is a certified silver level Chris Irwin horsemanship trainer in both ground -work and riding as well as an Equine Assisted Learning Building Blocks facilitator from Cartier Equine, Alberta. Throughout her work with horses and people in Canada and in Ireland Roisin has developed a strong interest in the underlying mechanisms of the horse and human bond as well as uncovering sound research methodologies and theoretical frameworks for equine assisted activities.

Transition Training Programme

Jacqueline Joynt, Manager of Training and Day Services in Festina Lente

Jacqueline Joynt has worked in Festina Lente since January 2013 initially as a Day Service Facilitator to adults with disabilities and currently as the Manager of Training and Day Services. Jacqueline is committed to bringing current policy into these services so that participants can be fully included in society, be given equal opportunities and enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as those who don’t have disabilities.

Jacqueline holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science (Social Policy) awarded by the National University of Ireland (UCD) and has gained a vast amount of experience working with children and adults with disabilities in different capacities over the past 15 years.

Maureen Coburn, Transition Training Programme Programme Instructor

Maureen Coburn has worked as a programme instructor on the Transition Training Programme since 2004. She has a strong background in training and education and has Diploma in Montessori Education, a first class hons B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and a Certificate in Supported Employment and Facilitation Skills. Maureen has vast experience working with young adults with special needs and enjoys adapting and changing the Transition Programme to suit the personal needs and interests of the trainees.


Emma Lucy Deegan, Transition Training Programme Programme Instructor

Emma Lucy has worked as a programme instructor on the Transition Training Programme since January 2015. Her background is in Outdoor Education, having completed a degree at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. A Wicklow native, she has spent the past eight years working for a sailing summer camp in the Caribbean.