The School – Farriery Apprenticeship
Established over 18 years ago, The Irish School of Farriery trains skilled apprentices in all aspects of Farriery to a professional level. Located on the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) campus, Kildare Town, Co Kildare. The apprenticeship in Farriery is a highly renowned professional certificate at National and International level.
The four-year apprenticeship course entails periods of full-time study, practical work shop experience and exposure to the Equine industry as you work towards a QQI Level6 Advanced Certificate in Craft – Farriery.
The purpose-built forge at the school contains eight solid-fuel fires and two welding bays. Lectures are held in a lecture room contained within the facility and online. Apprentices receive practical skills in forging, tool-making, welding, hot and cold horseshoeing, modern materials, horse management, conformation & movement and limb & foot conditions, while also learning equine anatomy and physiology, equine studies, business management and enterprenuieral skills.
Graduates of the school have already proven that they can compete with the best after securing medals at the Euroskills competition and competing successfully at international horseshoeing competitions. Many graduates are now running successful farriery businesses both here in Ireland and abroad.