We flew out Monday afternoon and stayed at The Gables Guest House, Newbridge. It's such a nice little guest house with a swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, etc!
|One of their many arenas|
Wednesday morning we went to the Irish Centre where they carry out various things such a post mortems, biomechanics, microbiology, blood testing, etc. This trip was not as informative about what they did but more general chat about horse topics.
Wednesday afternoon we went to Punchestown races where we had a tour before watching the races. Unfortunately, my betting skills are a bit rubbish and it's safe to say I most definitely did not win much money but it was a fun afternoon all the same! We even got to present prizes to Eddie Harty and Frank Berry for their horse 'Dressedtothenines' and the picture was posted on the racing post website :)
|Filly in the Whirlpool|
The afternoon was spent touring round RACE (Racing academy and centre of education). At RACE they take on young people (about 16 to 18 year olds) to give them an education in racing and riding out so that they can go on to a career in racing. They ride out during the morning, then in the afternoon they have lessons with some being normal school lessons (ie maths, science) as well as business and communication as they interact with people who could be potential bosses or clients. They also have a gym and simulators and are taught the importance of correct fitness and diet.
Overall, the week spent in Ireland was one of the best and so enjoyable and educational! I learnt so much from the trip which will be beneficial for my last year and a half left at uni (scary stuff!). I would definitely recommend anyone who has the chance to go on a study tour or visit these places in Ireland to go as it is well worth the money!
Thanks for reading,