Clondalkin Equine Club reports positive outcomes and success stories
CLONDALKIN Equine Club launched its first annual report 2021 this week, a year which included the club helping members with successful applications to the prestigious RACE academy in the Curragh.
A number of young people from the area did work experience at the club, and went on to complete post Leaving Certificates courses, being accepted onto courses in two veterinary nursing courses in different third level institutions.
Board member, Róisín Kearney said: “We are delighted to see positive outcomes and the success stories and how the work of ourselves and our members impact positively on their lives this makes the work worthwhile.
“The Equine Club offers a livery service to horses owned by children in the Clondalkin and Lucan South area, continuing the tradition of urban horse ownership in the locality.
“The club is much more than just a place to keep your horse.
“It was opened in 2017 and provides a supportive and holistic environment for children and their families to give them a sense of belonging within their community.”
Staff pride itself on its work with children living in a marginalised community, supporting their participation and encouraging them to complete their education.
It also promotes good animal welfare practice and teaches children responsible horse ownership and riding skills.
The club have a waiting list for children wishing to join, as stable space is limited, but they say the demand is there, and would welcome any support.
“The club is still seeking core funding and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in assisting us, and allow us to develop and to continue serving the community,” said Róisín.
“Funding will allow our club to continue to employ workers from the local area to provide local children and the broader community access to this service and the benefits that it provides.”