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Accredited Therapeutic Coaches in Ireland

Welcome to the Festina Lente Register of Therapeutic Riding Coaches who have graduated from the Festina Lente Therapeutic Coaching Programme!

In 2012, Festina Lente delivered its first Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme.  Since then, just under 55 Therapeutic Riding Coaches have graduated from the Programme, many of whom are successfully delivering Therapeutic Riding sessions in their area.  This is the only programme for Therapeutic Riding Coaches which has mainstream accreditation from Quality in Qualifications Ireland (QQI), click here to read more on our Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme.

This register has been developed in order to allow those interested in Therapeutic Riding lessons to be able to source Therapeutic Riding Coaches that have undergone specific training which qualifies them to provide therapeutic riding sessions to young people, teenagers and adults with a disability.  For a more in-depth look at the content of this course and what it covers, click here to read more on our Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme.

In addition to the training that Therapeutic Coaches have received in Festina Lente, all registered coaches are required to have:

• A valid current, valid Occupational First Aid Assessment Agent (OFAAA) (Health and Safety Authority Approved) Occupational First Aid Certificate (renewed every two years).
• A valid Safeguarding 1 Child Protection Certificate (Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection – renewed every 3 years) run by the Irish Sports Council or their partners.
• A Garda Vetting Clearance (updated every five years)

And finally, all coaches on this register are required to engage in continuing professional development (CPD) which is either provided or approved by Festina Lente. This ensures that Therapeutic Riding Coaches continue to growth their current skills and continue with their professional development.

We hope that you will be successful in finding a Therapeutic Riding Coach convenient to either where you live or where are visiting.

Co Clare:

Therapeutic Coaches Name: Simone Barry
Therapeutic Coaches Qualifications: Therapeutic Riding Coach QQI Fetac Level 6 (Festina Lente), Banner Equestrian Centre Manager Proprietor, AIRE & BHS Approved, SJI Coach, Course Builder, Judge, Safety Officer, Secretary.
Name of Business offering Therapeutic Riding Lessons: Banner Equestrian Centre
Address: Toonagh Fountain, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
Phone: 0656823487
Mobile: 0868506025 (text message if possible due to spotty coverage)
Email address:
Description of Services Offered: Welcome to Banner Equestrian. We are a family run equestrian venue set in 100 acres of rolling countryside and secluded wooded areas in the Burren Region of County Clare, Ireland. Our facilities include an impressive indoor riding school, spacious outdoor showjumping and practice arenas, cleverly designed and carefully constructed cross country course with simple fences for beginners and challenging obstacles to suit even the most advanced and adventurous horse and rider combinations.
We have a amazing Sensory Trail through our countryside and woodlands for Therapeutic Riding Sessions. Also we offer quiet, relaxing treks through the 100 acres of farmland, down winding country lanes and through our woodland which is densely populated with Ireland’s best known wildlife providing ample opportunity to de-stress in the heart of the peaceful countryside and to really feel at one with nature.

Co Cork:

Therapeutic Coaches Name:  Sandra Schmid
Therapeutic Coaches Qualifications: Therapeutic Riding Coach QQI Fetac Level 6 (Festina Lente), Equine Assisted Therapy & Learning Coach Fetac Level 5 (Heals), Horse Boy Method Level 1 Independent Practitioner (Horse Boy World/Rupert Isaacson), Registered Social Worker and Home Tutor
Name of Business offering Therapeutic Riding Lessons:  Hairy Henry Therapeutic Riding
Address:  Ballylickey, Bantry, Co. Cork, P75AV82
Phone:  0879389867

Description of Services Offered:  Hairy Henry Therapeutic Riding offers a wide range of services to people of all abilities by using a holistic, person-centred, non-judgemental and inclusive approach. We offer therapeutic riding and care farm activities from our small farm in rural West Cork, where we aim to overcome the barriers that hinder some of us from participating in life to a fuller extent, and we offer opportunities to gain more awareness of ourselves and the world around us. We attempt to open doors to experience life in a different and more fulfilling way.

We use a wide range of activities with our horses and other farm animals, and we use the natural environment for therapeutic benefits, social skills training, self-esteem building and education: therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning, therapeutic carriage driving, horse care, farm animal care, gardening, outdoor adventures (treasure hunts, adventure and nature trails, swings, ponds).

Co Kilkenny:

Therapeutic Coaches Name: Yvonne Hoban
Therapeutic Coaches Qualifications: Therapeutic Riding Coach QQI FETAC LEVEL 6, BHS PTT 
Name of Business offering Therapeutic Riding Lessons: Kilkieran Equestrian Farm
Address: Kilkieran, Ballyfoyle, Co.Kilkenny , Ireland
Phone: 0879375726
Email address:

Description of Services Offered: Therapeutic Riding lessons one to one or in groups of 3/4 people. Available to all ages from as young as 2 years of age. All levels available, from enjoying a bareback stroll holding the roller to learning basic riding skills. We have 2 sensory trails and a few forest trail/treks with amazing views over Kilkenny. Family treks available. One and two day camps organised in the holidays.

Co Kilkenny:

Therapeutic Coaches Name: Patricia Dooley
Therapeutic Coaches Qualifications: Therapeutic Riding Coach QQI Fetac Level 6 (Festina Lente), Master of Arts in Social Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care
Name of Business offering Therapeutic Riding Lessons: Trish’s Rockin’ Horses Therapeutic Riding Centre
Address: Kilbride, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, X91 NY29
Phone: 087 2354585
Email address:

Description of Services Offered:  Therapeutic Horse Riding, providing one to one therapeutic coaching sessions to children and adults. Miniature Therapy Horse – onsite and multiple location visits. Work experience / volunteering.

Co Wicklow:

Therapeutic Coaches Name:  All Festina Lente Coaches
Therapeutic Coaches Qualifications: Therapeutic Riding Coach QQI Fetac Level 6 (Festina Lente), AIRE Approved
Name of Business offering Therapeutic Riding Lessons:  Festina Lente Equestrian Centre
Address:  Old Connaught Ave, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Phone:  01-2720704 ext 201
Email address:

Description of Services Offered: Festina Lente Equestrian Centre offers equine centred activities to people of all ages, backgrounds, learning abilities and interests. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced rider Festina Lente Equestrian Centre has something for everybody!  Festina Lente Equestrian Centre provides an inclusive environment which fosters each person’s learning and well-being in a supportive, nurturing and fun manner. Our Equestrian Centre has developed a strong reputation for excellence in high level coaching, inclusion of children and persons with special needs through therapeutic riding and learning programmes and a place to have fun and provides an integrated working and learning environment to hundreds of people every year!  Our Equestrian Centre is fully approved by the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE).

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