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On Friday 29th June 2018 graduates of the 32nd Diploma in Stud Practice and Management, held annually at The National Stud in Newmarket were joined by family, friends and representatives from the Thoroughbred industry to celebrate their achievements.

The internationally renowned programme combines academic tuition with practical stud work during the breeding season. 18 students received certificates and unique enamel badges for successfully completing the five month residential course. Alongside the practical Diploma achievements, students completed the 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice qualification, and Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses, the Evening Lecture Programme, Manual Handling and First Aid training to prepare them for full time roles in the stud industry.

Guest speaker and presenter of the Diploma certificates, Lord Grimthorpe, a graduate of the National Stud’s course himself, and long term Racing Manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah provided guests with an amusing industry insight and many words of support and encouragement for the graduates and reiterated the Diploma programme’s importance to the Thoroughbred industry as a whole.

In addition, four annual prizes were presented to high achieving graduates. Ed Dunlop presented Edel Condron, (24, from Carlow, Ireland) with the highest accolade of the Tim Dunlop Memorial Award. The award is given to the overall top student who demonstrated outstanding performance in all aspects of the course.

Lord Grimthorpe presented The National Stud’s Certificate of Merit to Ben Cooke, (23, from Hartley, Kent), Lisa Glynn, (28, from Dublin, Ireland) received the award for Best Practical student and Henry Bletsoe (23, from Denford, Northamptonshire) was presented with the Alborada Trust Award for the Most Improved student by Jeremy Richardson, representing Ms Kirsten Rausing. The Alborada Trust has recently provided significant support to the Wavertree Charitable Trust by sponsoring a student place and bursary award for 10 years. Additionally the Gerald Leigh Bursary was presented to Sophie Aird (20, from St Andrews, Scotland) by Mrs Anna Leigh on behalf of the Gerald Leigh Trustees. Sophie intends to use the bursary to fly to USA where she is aiming to reinforce her experience.

Stud Director, Tim Lane commented “I have been very impressed with the students and how much they have learnt and improved during the 5 month course. What is really gratifying is that so many have already secured full time positions and with continued determination and hard work I’m sure they will go far in the industry.”

Anyone interested in applying for future courses at the National Stud should call 01638 675922 or email students@nationalstud.co.uk

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