The Board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation has awarded two further scholarships for 2021 to a pair of Irish students studying Animal Science Equine at University College Dublin. Rachel Doran and Ciara Russell have each been awarded with placements at Gabriel and Aisling Duignan's Springhouse Farm in Lexington.
“I am honored to have been chosen alongside Ciara for this scholarship and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get something like this,” said Doran, who works in a racing yard while studying towards her degree. “I hope to pursue a career in bloodstock and breeding and Springhouse Farm will definitely provide me with experience in that area and it will be amazing to learn from industry experts.”
Added Russell: “I feel so privileged to have been chosen for the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Award. I am very excited and look forward to gaining invaluable experience at Springhouse Farm in Kentucky.”
The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship, named in honor of the late, beloved Central Kentucky horseman, seeks to “aid, promote and nurture the younger generation in the bloodstock business.”
“I am extremely grateful to all the donors that have generously contributed to establish this foundation,” said Erin Dilger. “It celebrates Gerry's memory and beliefs in such a positive way by helping young people progress and learn in the bloodstock business.”