Life on the 9 Week Pre-Apprenticeship

Accommodation – Provided free for all Pre-Apprentices

Single en-suite rooms are provided for you at Westbrook House on The National Stud site, which includes communal social and study areas. Homemade meals are provided for you 7 days a week.

Induction Week

During the first week you will receive a branded uniform and we teach you all the basic horse handling and horse care skills you will need, including mucking out, grooming, how to fit and remove horse clothing, amongst many others. 

You will learn on our training yard using our two ex-racehorses ‘Genie’ and ‘Lucy’.

Lauren & Taylor leading genie & lucy in from fieldLauren & Taylor leading Genie & Lucy in from field

What does a typical day look like?

  • The day usually begins at 7am working alongside The National Stud’s staff or gaining work experience at another Stud farm in the area. 
  • 10am -10.30am is break time
  • Lunch is served at Westbrook House between 1pm and 2pm
  • Throughout the afternoon you will take part in a mixture of practicals on the training yard or attend underpinning knowledge lectures and talks from industry professionals.

Why do we run our 9 week Pre-Apprentice October – December?

A highlight of the 9 weeks is that you will have the opportunity to gain work experience at Tattersall’s December Foal Sales, ‘The World’s Most International Thoroughbred Sale’. 

We pride ourselves on helping you learn not just about horses, but how to live once you leave the 9 week course. We provide extra seminars and teaching sessions in addition to our curriculum that are not limited to but include;

  • Team building
  • Career Management
  • Budgeting for Life
  • Use and Abuses of Social Media
  • Interview Techniques
  • Health and Well Being 

Here’s what some of our past students’ have to say…

“The best 9 weeks of my life, amazing course”

“It opened doors into the Thoroughbred world”

“One of the best practical courses I have attended”

“I really enjoyed working with Genie and Lucy learning about the ins and outs of a racehorse”

“I’m a better person for the 9 week course; it really prepared me for stud work”

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