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Horse Racing Ireland’s Careers and Racing Education (CARE) department, in association with the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) and RACE, has launched a new online Horse Care and Welfare online training course.

The course has been developed following the success of the equine outreach courses which have been run by the IHWT over a number of years in various parts of Ireland including Moyross in County Limerick, Darndale and Finglas in County Dublin.

The Horse Care and Welfare course is a blended learning programme and can be delivered through local equine groups, community groups, and Garda outreach programmes. It is available to be licensed to local authorities around the country and for further information about licensing opportunities please email

The course syllabus consists of eight online modules covering legislation around horse ownership, horse behaviour, safe handling, feeding, stable management, and first aid. It is envisaged that the programme will act as a stepping stone for young people wishing to progress a career in the equine industry.

Paddy Ryan, HRI, said: “CARE was delighted to be able to further support the IHWT in the great work they do in educating people around the country about equine care and welfare. The online version of the course makes it far more cost effective for the IHWT to deliver, it also makes the course content accessible to a far larger number of potential participants. We in CARE are committed to supporting and developing education and training opportunities at every level of the industry.”

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Careers And Racing Education (CARE) is Horse Racing Ireland’s education and training department. CARE aims to ensure that relevant and appropriate training and development opportunities are available to all in the industry. To find out more about CARE and the various programmes and initiatives it runs, sponsors, and supports please go to

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust
IHWT is Ireland’s leading equine welfare charity. The IHWT is involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of equines and also provides equine education. The charity operates from a 68 acre farm in Co Wicklow where currently 55 horses and ponies are cared for. Further information available at

Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) was established in 1973 as a social project to offer support to young racing apprentices and has gradually evolved over more than forty years to become the national training academy for the Irish horseracing industry offering courses for jockeys, stable staff, racehorse trainers, breeders and others involved in the thoroughbred sector, for more information go to