April 18, 2008

Ireland's Equestrian Skillnet programme, which will inject €500,000 ($NZ1m) into training in the equestrian sector, was launched last week in Dublin by Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Micheal Martin.

Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland Joe Walsh said that "the programme gives a significant boost for the grass roots equestrian training and is an example of what can be achieved when equestrian organisations work together."

Equestrian Skillnet, which is now based in Horse Sport Ireland at Beech House in Kildare's Millennium Park, offers subsidised training programmes for those employed in the industry.

Funded by the National Training Fund through the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, the Equestrian Skillnet programmes include everything from course designing for show jumping and eventing to show event management and coaching, and will be held regionally. Equestrian Skillnet is one of a network of 122 similar organisations operating in different industries throughout Ireland.

Courses and training programmes which will be delivered in 2008 and 2009 by the Equestrian Skillnet are: