The 2020 TBA Entry to Stud Employment graduation ceremony took place via live stream from the Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre on Dec. 18. The TBA Education and Employment Committee Chairman Sam Bullard presented the certificates, with the award for the Most Outstanding Student given to Sam Malone, 24, from York. Malone will join the team at Cheveley Park Stud for his placement in the new year. All graduates completed the nine-week training phase with certificates in the Principles of Horse Care, Transporting Horses and Manual Handling. They will next complete their Level 2 Diploma whilst on work placements in the new year.
Fully funded by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Racing Foundation, the E2SE course started in 2018 and provides practical work-based training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry, but are lacking relevant experience. Once the course is completed, students who have achieved the required standard will have an interview for a minimum six to nine months paid position at a UK Thoroughbred stud farm.
“As we all know it has been a difficult year and so we are especially proud of these students and all they have achieved in nine short weeks,” said Fiona Dowling, Education Manager. “The majority had never worked with horses before coming to The National Stud and the level of improvement is just incredible. We are very excited to follow their careers and see them make a valuable contribution to the industry in the future.”