• College Awareness Week

    HRI, in association with College Awareness Week are hosting an Equine Industry Information day at Naas Racecourse on the 21st of November 2018.

    • It is free to attend but all attendees must register beforehand by sending an email through to [email protected] with details of the numbers of attendees. 

    • The day will kick off at 10:00am and there will be 5 stations for students to visit, a sample programme is outlined below. Full details of the stations will be confirmed closer to the time:

             Station 1:     Horse & Groom

             Station 2:     RACE

             Station 3:     Irish National Stud

             Station 4:     The Irish School of Farriery 

             Station 5:     Racecourse careers 


    • Students will get to spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes at each station to get a flavour of what that section of the industry has to offer in terms of careers.

    • Students will then get the opportunity to meet representatives from the third level institutions that run equine related courses in Ireland, these will include UCD, NUIM, UL, CAFRE, RACE, Teagasc, and the Curragh PPS among others. 

    • If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Ryan directly on 045 455488.

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    Equine Industry Information day press release - Naas Racecourse, November 2016:

    Fourth, fifth and sixth year students from surrounding secondary schools were invited to attend the free event and explore the various career opportunities in racing. The day entailed talks from leading industry representatives and a chance to meet with various institutions offering further education programmes.
    Curragh-based trainer, Willie McCreary met with the students and spoke candidly about how he got to where he is today, the attributes he values in his team and the importance of hard work. Jockey Kate Harrington echoed these thoughts as she spoke about the dedication that it takes to be a jockey and the importance of a passion for what you do.
    Naas Racecourse Manager, Tom Ryan took the students on a tour of the track, explaining how his varied career to date has helped him in his role. Students also met with representatives of R.A.C.E (Racing Academy & Centre of Education), who outlined the training that goes into becoming an apprentice jockey. The Irish School of Farriery was also represented, they provided details to students about the apprenticeship training they offer and a number of their current apprentices performed live demonstrations.
    The University of Limerick, National University of Ireland Maynooth, The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and the Curragh Post-Primary School were also on hand to answer the students’ questions.
    Curragh Trainer, Willie McCreary, said: “It’s very important for students to really think about what they want to do next. Racing offers a range of options for good people who are passionate about what they do and are willing to work hard. Hopefully we spurred a bit of thought in the students today about the possibilities in this industry.”

    Patrick Ryan of the Careers and Racing Education Department in Horse Racing Ireland, said: “The horse racing industry is unique as it offers many different career options which appeal to many different people. It was fantastic to be able to showcase some of these careers. There was great interest from all of the students and we hope to do more of these events in the future.” 

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