Students of the Diploma in Stud Practice and Management at The National Stud have commenced their six month training in Newmarket.
The course which has been in existence for over 30 years aims to educate young people for a career in the thoroughbred industry. The course is proudly represented by alumni who have forged successful careers in all facets of the industry.
With the industry needing enthusiastic and competent staff the Stud’s courses continue to attract an important number of new faces. Kim Blyth “to be confirmed” a 2019 Diploma student said “right from the start we have been made feel extremely welcome, we are all very excited to see what the next six months bring and personally I cannot wait to see my first foaling!”
The Diploma course runs annually for 22 weeks from mid-January to the end of June. Tim Lane, Stud Director, is confident in saying “the practical opportunities and access to industry figures the Diploma students get during the course is, I believe, equivalent to about 3 years work in normal circumstances. For those making the move to Thoroughbred work from other disciplines this is really fundamental and it helps spring board their career in the industry”.
The winning mixture of the Diploma’s practical stud work during the season combined with the highly regarded Evening Lecture Programme is further enhanced by achieving accredited Level 3 Thoroughbred qualifications and attending a significant number of seminars and practical workshops with some of the most influential industry experts.
The Stud’s Chairman, the Duke of Roxburghe, said “the graduates from the Diploma and the TBA’s E2SE courses are such an important element for the National Stud to be involved with. Without quality stud staff none of us are going to be able to see a sustainable future for the breeding industry.”
“We are very privileged and excited that the 2019 students will be the first cohort to partake in the Diploma course under the patronage of the Duchess of Cornwall”.
This year the course will be represented by a number of nationalities and backgrounds. The Stud’s Training Director, Tabbi Smith, said “each year of the Diploma brings a diverse and interesting group of people to the Stud and to the industry. What marks a Diploma graduate out is their passion for the industry, a commitment to learning whilst with us and their dedication to the horses in their care for the rest of their careers”.
The 23 students are: Kim Blyth (UK), Jason Deaves (UK), Sally Evans (UK), Jessica Farrow (UK), Chloe Fletcher (UK), Mickael Gantelet (Fr), Lauren Greer (UK), Callum Helliwell (UK), Ewelina Kabat (Pol), Alison Lynch (Ire), Zoe MacGillivray (UK), Milena Majchrzyk (Pol), Noah McCain-Mitchell (UK), Daniel Mulhaire (Ire), Martina Busano (Ity), Amber Rice (UK), Joe Robinson (UK), Madeline Smith (UK), Luke Strong (UK), Jack Spain (UK), Jack Walker (UK), Hope Williams (UK), Rosie Wharton (UK).