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Welcome to the Fettercairn Youth Horse Project. We are a community based horse riding centre situated right beside the Fettercairn Red Line Luas Stop in Tallaght.

We run public or private horse riding lessons and pony camps for all ages and we would be delighted to see you. Just call around or phone us for information at 01-462 7214 .

For all the latest news…

FYHP Newsletter launched 20th December 2022

The FYHP Newsletter 2022 has been launched.The Newsletter records all of the events in the Fettercairn Youth Horse Project over the last year. It is well worth a look and we hope that you will enjoy it. 

In March, we were forced to close for four months because our insurer was leaving the Irish market and as a result, our public liability insurance was not renewed. Similar to many in the equine industry and many other sectors in Ireland, we experienced huge challenges in accessing insurance, but we persevered and re-opened in late July.

Since then, we have restarted all our programmes and started new ones.

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Fettercairn Youth Horse Project Fundraising – 14th October 2022

The Fettercairn Youth Horse Project has launched a funding initiative to help provide for some of the running costs and annual insurance.

Gerry, Hannah and Glen

The aim of the campaign is to generate €5,000.

The Horse Project, now in operation for 22 years, is a huge community resource in the Tallaght area and beyond.

“I have had the pleasure through my work as an SNA to visit the Fettercairn project recently. It is heart-warming to see the enjoyment the children gain from the experience. Thank you to all involved. Tanya Murphy 6th October 2022.

While services are designed and delivered to a number of groups including local schools, youth groups and young people from socially excluded groups including Travellers, eighty percent of our service users at present are people with additional complex needs who rely and depend heavily on equine therapy.  We offer inclusive therapeutic classes to young people.

We also host workshops and courses for young people who have in interest in sourcing further education in the equine industry. We support young people in achieving their BHS and AIRE exams; there are over twenty local youth volunteers that provide enormous help to the centre.

The Horse Project is open for general horse riding lessons to the public on Saturdays and on weekday evenings.

As part of our efforts to continue the operation of the Horse Project, we would ask people to please make a donation, however big or small, using this link.

Fettercairn Youth Horse Project Update – 30th September 2022

The Horse Project reopened to the South Dublin community on 25th July 2022. A huge “thank you” is due to all who helped to ensure that FYHP is able to continue providing much needed services in the area. All of the lesson slots have been fully booked from the reopening.

There was a great response from the staff, the community, statutory bodies and the business community, both before and after the reopening. This diary update of events gives an idea of the latest news.

FYHP Stables Transformation – 16th June 2022

We were most privileged to have the staff of Amazon Web Services come to the Horse Project to enhance our centre; there has been a complete transformation  and upgrading.

The photographs don’t manage to convey the extent of the works and the spirit in which the work was carried out. The whole centre has been repainted, all new equipment for horses; headgear, horse rugs, equipment, the list goes on.  A massive thank you is due to Tom and all the AWS team.  

There is a lot of excitement in the air. What an absolutely amazing week !

Roadstone continue to support FYHP – 1st July 2022

From the very beginning of the Fettercairn Youth Horse Project in 1996, Roadstone have been supporters of the Project. They have, through the development and operational years, provided both material and financial assistance.

 The Fettercairn Youth Horse Project are most appreciative of this funding and will ensure that it is put to effective use. A big thanks to Jim Rea of Roadstone for this continued support.

Gerry, a new member of the team, arrives –  15th July 2022

Can we introduce our newest horse “Gerry” who arrived safely yesterday. A massive thank you to https://www.hanleyenergy.com/ for the support on securing him. Thank you also to Tom @amazonwebservices for the continued support. Gerry is a massive asset to our centre.

Generous support from Tallaght West Credit Union – 6th August

FYHP would like to thank Tallaght West Credit Union for their enormous generosity is supporting our project with funding of €5000. This is a huge contribution towards our running and insurance costs and is most appreciated.

Pony Camp commences on the 12 August

The FYHP Summer Pony Camp, which was fully booked out, took place on 4 days in mid-August. Overall 56 local children took part in the daily activities such as  grooming, mucking out and everyone’s favourite bit, the Horse Riding. All the participants, helpers and instructors had a great time. All the participants received their Certificate of Completion and a FYHP rosette.

We look forward to seeing the children again for our Halloween Pony Camp.

Hello “Dolly” and Welcome to our Yard – 6th September 2022

The latest member of our team of equines has arrived. Dolly is  a Clydesdale standing beautifully at 17 hands. We are most grateful to Brian Wynn of Pemberley Audio Visual Solutions Ltd. for this beauty who will have such a positive impact for many service users in our centre.

Thanks you Lynn, Shauna , Jay and Hannah for the warm welcome given to Dolly.

FYHP – The Horse Project will reopen before the end of July 2022

The Fettercairn Youth Horse Project is delighted to announce its imminent re-opening.

Out in the Arena

We are looking forward to welcoming back all our customers and the many groups that we work with, and will be making contact with all our customers in the coming weeks. Those returning to the facility will see that the stables have been upgraded and painted, thanks to the wonderful support of Amazon Web Services.

We thank all of our friends and supporters, including Amazon Web Services, John Magnier and his associates, Tallaght Credit Union, Roadstone, Pobal and Department of Rural and Community Development, South Dublin County Partnership, the South Dublin Sports Partnership and we especially thank South Dublin County Council for its continued support.

The project will re-open before the end of July.