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TAFE equine course galloping success

For Camden High School student Chloe, horses have always played a big role in her life.

“I have grown up surrounded by horses and have been riding them since the age of four,’’ she says.

“So when I found out about the opportunity to participate in a TAFE NSW equine program, I was very excited.

“Completing the program has helped me further my knowledge of the equine industry, and taught me more of the practical skills I need for my future career.’’

Chloe was among 16 Camden High School who took part in the TAFE NSW Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) equine program run at Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park.

The one day a week course taught participants about the career pathways available within the horse industry.

It was the first time a group of local high school students had been given such an insight into career opportunities in the equine industry.

There are set to be around 12,000 job openings for animal attendants and trainers over the next five years, so the future is looking bright in the equine industry.

Karlene Triffit , TAFE NSW head teacher of horse industry studies, says the equine industry has a substantial supply of career pathways to suit almost anyone, and this program gave the students a taste of the job opportunities available.

“Throughout the 11 weeks the students learned a range of hands-on skills in horse handling, health checks, stable duties, massaging techniques, farriery, breeding, show preparation, and even how to look after horses’ pearly whites,” Ms Triffit said.

The mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli said council was proud to support the TAFE program.

“It’s the first of its kind to be delivered in the Camden area and it’s a terrific opportunity to promote the career pathways available within the equine industry,’’ Cr Fedeli said.

“I know the participants had a great time and, hopefully, they’ll find something they love doing.”

For more information about the horse industry courses on offer in semester one for 2020 visit TAFE NSW or phone 131 601.

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