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The National Stud’s 2019 Diploma Students Graduate

On Friday 28th June 2019 23 graduates of the 33rd 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. It prides itself in turning out practical and experienced stud staff for the industry. Graduates received certificates and unique enamel badges for successfully completing the five month residential course. Alongside achieving the Diploma in Stud Practice and Management certificate, which includes attending the National Stud’s comprehensive stud topic based Evening Lecture Programme, graduates also completed the 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice, the Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses, Manual Handling and First Aid qualifications to prepare them for full time roles in the stud industry.

Guest speaker and presenter of the Diploma certificates, Donna Vowles, a graduate of the National Stud’s Diploma course herself and winner of the Tim Dunlop Top Graduate award in 2002. Is travelling from Ireland where she is Stud Manager of Kiltinan Castle Stud part of the Lloyd-Webbers Watership Down operation. Donna provided guests and graduates with an amusing industry insight and had many words of advice and encouragement for the graduates, reiterating the Diploma programme’s importance to not only to her personally but also the Thoroughbred industry as a whole.

In addition, annual prizes were presented to high achieving graduates. Harry Dunlop presented Kim Blyth, (32, from Lanarkshire, Scotland) with the highest accolade of the Tim Dunlop Memorial Award. The award is given to the overall top student who demonstrated outstanding performance across all elements of the course. Donna Vowles presented The National Stud’s Certificate of Merit to Luke Strong, (32, from Halifax, Yorkshire), Mickael Gantelet, (23, from France) received the award for Best Practical student and Ewelina Kabat (23, from Poland) was presented with the Alborada Trust Award for the Most Improved student by Jeremy Richardson, representing Ms Rausing. The Alborada Trust provide significant support to the Wavertree Education Trust by sponsoring a Diploma student place and the award. A Gerald Leigh Travel Bursary was presented to 3 recipients this year by Mrs Anna Leigh on behalf of the Gerald Leigh Trustees. This very generous decision by the trustees to expand the bursary for this year was in response to the very high calibre of the applicants for the bursary and means that Kim Blyth (Top Graduate winner) Jessica Farrow (19, from Newmarket, Suffolk) and Jack Walker (21, from Brighouse, West Yorkshire) can all use the award to expand their career by travelling overseas.

Stud Director, Tim Lane commented “2019 has been another vintage year. The group have worked really hard and absorbed so much. From their practical work through to their assignment presentations on commercial mare purchase, it has been wonderful to see how much they have progressed. It is also pleasing that so many have already secured full time positions in the UK and overseas. We all look forward to following their careers in the future.”

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