Athlone student crowned national winner of ‘From Foal To Race’ Competition

She was inspired by visit to Roscommon Races

Martina Agulló González, a transition year student from Athlone Community College in Athlone, Co Westmeath, was announced as the winner of the 2024 From Foal to Race Transition Year programme for her submission, titled ‘That long awaited race’.

With English not being Martina’s first language, she expressed her knowledge gained from the programme through beautifully crafted artwork. As national winner of the programme, Martina won €1,000 for her school, presented to her by Agri Aware Executive Director Marcus O’Halloran and equuip’s Heather Downey, during a VIP behind-the-scenes trip to Roscommon Racecourse with her class before the end of school term on May 20th.

Pictured is Martina’s artwork submission, which was crowned the national winner of the 2024 From Foal to Race programme.

The From Foal to Race TY programme was established in 2022 by Agri Aware and equuip, Horse Racing Ireland’s education and training division.

Speaking at the prizegiving ceremony at Roscommon Racecourse, Agri Aware Executive Director Marcus O’Halloran congratulated Martina on her fantastic artwork that was chosen as the worthy winner for 2024.

Also speaking at the prizegiving ceremony was Martina’s teacher, Meghan Murphy. She said, “The From Foal to Race programme by Agri Aware and equuip proved to be an incredibly informative module, offering students a unique insight into the world of horse racing.

“We were particularly thrilled to see Martina win the competition with her beautiful drawing, a testament to her creativity and dedication.

“The day out at Roscommon Racecourse was a highlight for everyone involved. The staff at Agri Aware, equuip, and Roscommon Racecourse were exceptionally kind and passionate, which made the experience even more enjoyable for the students”.