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Field Day at Northern Lodge

26 Mar 2013

As a unique educational training facility in the state, Northern Lodge , a 300-hectare thoroughbred stud in Eden Park , will showcase its impressive range of facilities to more than 60 VCE secondary school students on Wednesday 18 April at 11 am.

Northern Lodge is owned by Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) and the excursion to the Lodge is part of a Field Day for Horse Courses for students from around Victoria.

NMIT Community Liaison Coordinator, Lois Carlton, said the day was organised to introduce prospective students to one of the best-equipped, training studs in Australia. The students are coming from schools in the Whittlesea and Epping areas as well as from towns in country Victoria such as Lakes Entrance, Maffra and Healesville.

NMIT offers a specialist, three-year bachelor degree in equine studies with direct, hands-on training experience at the stud. NMIT also offers an extensive range of certificate and diploma courses in horse studies such as the Diploma in Equine Stud Management, Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) and Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) which are nationally accredited to provide expertise for employment in the racing industry. Also offered is Certificate IV in Racing (Thoroughbred Owner-Trainer) as well as the Diploma in Racing (Thoroughbred Trainer).

NMIT is also the only educational provider of farriery in Victoria, offering Certificate III in Farriery (Trade) at its modern facility at the Epping campus.

Northern Lodge has 44 commercial mares and two stallions, Flying Gulch and Command Post with facilities that include stables, a covering barn, ménage, stripping stalls, a horse walker, sand roll, mechanical horses for riding practice and a 1400-metre racing/training track.

The Field Day includes course information presentations by degree senior lecturer, Dr Karen Affleck and Racing Program Coordinator Phil Jones at the Epping campus.

The students will then travel to Northern Lodge for a tour of the facilities and a forum with current horse course students who will talk about their experiences at NMIT and answer questions from the VCE students.

These students will also participate in hands-on activities such as riding the mechanical horses and basic hoof and maintenance care at the stud.

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on 03 9269 1579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.