Members of The British Horse Society (BHS) Fellows and Instructors Association and their guests took part in an organised day trip to three of Ireland’s top equine locations on Tuesday 26 June.
Olympic showjumper Greg Broderick’s state-of-the-art yard in Thurles was the first stop on the itinerary, where the senior equine coaches were impressed by the attention to detail in the horse-centred modern facilities, before the group moved on to lunch at the famous Coolmore Stud. Here, the group learnt more about the daily exercise programme, biosecurity, the covering process, and had the opportunity to view many of the 16 stallions currently standing at stud. The Association rounded off their day with a visit to the newly opened Fethard Horse Museum, looking at the key place the thoroughbred horse holds in the history of County Tipperary.
The Association are looking forward to next year’s event, when they hope to visit Jessica Harrington, National Hunt Trainer, as well as the National Stud.
Proceeds of £240 raised from the day went towards a fund in memory of BHS Instructor and event rider Tom Searle. The British Horse Society National Manager for Ireland, Susan Spratt, said ‘This is another fantastic day organised by the Fellows and Instructors Association.’
The Fellows and Instructors Association is a membership group of around 200 senior British Horse Society Professional Accredited Coaches. The Association arrange training days, visits, course walks, and study days of all types, from top-level discipline coaching and yard management, to the latest training and veterinary techniques. Events take place across the UK and Ireland, and enable senior qualified BHS coaches to gain access to top names, interesting locations, wise advice and an enjoyable exchange of ideas with peers.
‘BHSI’ Stage 5 Performance Coaches in Complete Horsemanship are established coaches across all three Olympic disciplines, skilled in coaching riders and training horses to British Dressage Advanced Medium, British Showjumping Foxhunter and British Eventing Intermediate.
The BHS Fellowship is the highest recognised professional standard across the equine industry. Internationally recognised as experts in equitation and horsemanship, Fellows of the BHS are renowned throughout the global equine industry as ambassadors for the equestrian profession and thought leaders in the sector. Fewer than 80 people hold the FBHS qualification, which is widely acknowledged to be the highest equestrian qualification in the world.