The ‘Future Proofed’ Seminar hosted by ITBA Next Generation promises to be one of the highlights of the upcoming ITBA Expo ’18 held at the Goffs sales complex on Jan. 26-27. ITBA Next Generation is the junior wing of the ITBA and the Expo provides a platform for Next Generation and to make an impression on the bloodstock industry. The ‘Future Proofed’ seminar features a panel of young trailblazers who have made a name for themselves in the racing and breeding industry. Among the panelists are: Racing Post Deputy Ireland Editor David Jennings (MC); trainer Joseph O’Brien; consignor Amy Marnane of Different League (Fr) fame; CEO of the Irish National Stud Cathal Beale; racing journalist/broadcaster Kevin Blake; Paddy Roche, an owner/bloodstock agent; and jockey Lisa O’Neill.
“We have been given the opportunity to sell ourselves,” said Next Generation Chairman Eleanor Dunne. “A lot of discussion has taken place in recent months about succession planning and nurturing of the next generation. We hear about problems with staffing and a lack of career development and the need for a proactive recruitment drive.”
Dunne asked the panellists to look at the above issues among others and come up with an action plan that she can take to the Next Generation committee to implement. David Jennings will serve as the master of ceremonies. There will also be an industry table quiz, with team registration available on Friday, Jan. 26 beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time, as well as a 30 and under category in the Dragons Den competition on Saturday. The two lucky finalists, Simon Hillary and Pierce Dargan from Equine Medi Records and Fiona O’Dwyer from My Equine PA respectively, will display their wares before the judges on Saturday morning.
Dunne said, “My ambition as chairman of the Next Generation is to encourage people to get involved in our association and help them on the journey of choosing a pathway in the industry. I encourage all young people who have an interest in the industry to attend EXPO ’18 and see the opportunities this great industry has to offer.”
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