Flatwork, Showing & Feed Advice Clinic on April 13th

The fourth Randox sponsored training clinic with take place at the JAG Equestrian Centre, outside Naas, on Thursday April 13th.

Accredited judge and HSI coach Joanne Quirke,  will share her expertise again this year when she delivers the clinic covering flatwork training & showing techniques.  Joanne is renowned for her retraining skill and many successes in the show ring with thoroughbreds FORPADYDEPLASTERER and COOLDINE.  This event is ideal to include in the preparation for the forthcoming season.

As a coach, Joanne will commence the day with 3 flatwork sessions, commencing with the introduction of core training exercises at the early stages of retraining and to understand the transition period for the ex-racehorse.   The second session will progress the flatwork training process and support riders with training concerns.  For the competitive partnership, the final morning session will concentrate on the level of flatwork that will produce the ‘winning performance’.

As lunchtime, we are very grateful to Nicole Groyer from Connolly Red Mills for joining us to deliver a talk to understand feeding the thoroughbred in its second career.  How does the diet change for the ex-racehorse? What are the nutritional requirements for a racehorse in a second career?  How do we maintain a good condition score while not increasing energy level?  Are there feeds available suitable for ex-racehorse in a second career?  Nicole is well placed to answer these questions, with her success in producing and showing her thoroughbred VARTANO.

Joanne will join Nicole when discussing showing turnout ‘tips to enhance the horse\rider presentation and attract the judge’s eye.

In the afternoon, Joanne will be wearing her judge’s hat when providing an introduction to showing for new partnerships and those who have never shown before.  This will be followed by sessions for partnerships that are preparing for the ‘Novice’ and ‘Open’ Racehorse to Riding Horse classes.

We welcome all members of the ex-racehorse community to this clinic, including Irish Pony Club and Riding Club members.  Groups of 4, €25 per training session with the lunchtime talk admission free.  Applications through

For queries, phone Anne on 087 7821199 or



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