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FOR the next couple of months former Trenayr TAFE teacher Senta Graney will be wondering why she left the Clarence Valley for Ireland.
The 30-year-old Maclean resident will be walking straight into unbearably freezing cold weather, a distant cry from the sun-soaked beaches she so frequently visits on the North Coast.
To make things worst, Ms Graney will be getting up before the leprechauns as she spends time working in the Irish horse industry.
For the past six months, the avid horse enthusiast has been plotting and planning her 'dream' trip to the land of green.
"I am going there to gain experience in international stables, something that not many people get the chance to do," she said.
"I want to improve my horsemanship skills and then come back to Australia and work for myself in the thoroughbred industry."
Ms Graney is no stranger to the horse industry in the region, having worked for well-known Grafton trainer John Shelton as well as spending time at legendary Sconebased stud, Sedgenhoe.
Most recently the pint-sized equine nut worked at the Ingliss Classic in Sydney, Magic Millions on the Gold Coast and Premier Yearling Sales in Melbourne.
Her first placement will be at Commonstown Stud, in Moone working under stud owner Jessica Harrington.
Mrs Harrington trains racehorses but comes from an eventing background, something that is close to the heart of Ms Graney, who has competed in many events throughout NSW including Oberon, Camden, Scone and Warwick in QLD.
A qualified equine massager as well as a level two graduate of Pat Parelli's Natural Horsemanship training system, Ms Graney is looking at professional and personal development.
Already with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Equine Science) degree from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Ms Graney is hoping educational development will be on the cards.
Mrs Harrington is recognised as one of Ireland's 'finest horsewomen' having represented Ireland in threeday eventing at the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships.