Child education top of agenda in ‘Horse’ week
By Maurice Garvey
HORSE Aware Week is taking place from January 28 to February 2, in the Cherry Orchard area.
The educational week is a joint project of the Dublin Region Horse Welfare Working Group (DRHWWG) – a task force which includes Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Cherry Orchard Equine Centre, Fettercairn Youth Horse Project, Clondalkin Equine Club and the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine.
Horse Aware Week is taking place from January 28 to February 2
The aim of the initiative is to educate children about responsible horse ownership and the issues and needs of urban horses.
During the week, presentations will take place at primary and secondary schools in the Cherry Orchard.
The week culminates in an open day at Cherry Orchard Equine Centre on Saturday, February 2, from 11am to 3pm.
The open day will include speakers and demonstrations from the Garda Mounted Unit, Army Equitation School, RACE Academy, Irish School of Farriery, Saoirse Saddlery and Cherry Orchard Equine Centre.
Councillor Vincent Jackson will officially open the event at 1.30pm.
Entry is free of charge, but numbers are limited.
This is the third Horse Aware Week to be run by the group following the success of previous events in Clondalkin and Fettercairn.
Organisers say both events reached over 800 students and young people during the week.
The DRHWWG is a regional group established in 2017 by the Department of Agriculture and South Dublin County Council, to focus on animal welfare and equine legislation.
Other members of the group include Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, An Garda Síochána and Tallaght Travellers Community Development Project. Representatives from various animal and equine welfare organisations have signed up to DRHWWG.