Three Transition Year students, Laura Casserly, Abbie Lyons and Kerrie Doonan from St. Joseph’s Mercy Navan entered this year’s BT Young Scientist with their project, “The effects of equine therapy on autistic children”. During their research, the girls were privileged to be a part of lessons in Brookfield Stables where they carried out interviews and observed the great work being done there. They also attended Kells Equestrian Centre for further research and interviews from experts on the topic of equine therapy. Their research concluded that equine therapy was extremely useful in the development of autistic children in their day to day life, with those involved all being extremely positive about its benefits. The girls received a “highly commended project” rosette in the competition, with the judges commenting on their interest and enthusiasm in the topic, saying the girls “carried out a comprehensive analysis which clearly showed the tremendous positive impact of equine therapy”. Well done to the girls and their teacher Ms Nertney.