The graduation ceremony for the 2020 National Stud Diploma took place on Friday 26th June. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restriction graduates were joined by their family, friends and industry representatives via a live stream from the Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre. Alongside the internationally recognised Diploma in Stud Practice and Management, students also graduated with the 1st 4 Sport Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice.
“In previous years graduates would be joined by family, friends and guests from across the industry for the ceremony followed by a garden party at Wavertree Tree House and racing at the July course. However, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony was streamed live to invited guests with a party for staff and students afterwards. The medical advice the whole way through lockdown has been that we are a closed herd and so we are able to put a bit of party on.” said Anna Kerr COO
Chairman Nicholas Wrigley presented the Diploma certificates and annual prizes including the Tim Dunlop Memorial Award for the overall top student, which this year was won by Anna Hodgson. Anna is going to be joining the team at the Castlebridge Consignment for the upcoming sales season and said “The course really couldn’t offer us anything more, everything is there for you on a plate.”
The National Stud Award of Merit was given to Zoe Glendinning, 19 from Wiltshire, Penny Hunt, 33 from Gloucester, received the Best Practical Award and Harry Snellgrove, 19 from Hampshire, was presented with the Alborada Trust Most Improved Award. There was an additional award of special recognition for Alessandro Taccioli from Italy.
Andrew Snell, Stud Manager at Cheveley Park Stud, joined remotely for the guest speaker address. Andrew reflected on his time at The National Stud and congratulated the students on becoming part of the international ‘National Stud Family’ of industry professionals who started out on the Diploma course.
A travel bursary was presented to Sophie Mellett, 23, on behalf of the Gerald Leigh Trustees, to expand her future career by travelling overseas.
Stud director Tim Lane said: “It has been a tricky year with the Coronavirus restrictions however this group of students have been great throughout and should be proud of what they have achieved.
“They have all progressed hugely from where they were when they first arrived, both practically and academically.
It is also fantastic to see 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.”
Applications for the 2021 Diploma course are now open, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.