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The National Stud

Stud Practice And Management

The National Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0XE
T: 01638 663464

Job Type: Breeding / Business Management / Sports & Performance

The National Stud offers training courses for people who have a passion for horses and the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Our well established training department has delivered Thoroughbred specific courses for over 25 years. Graduates are highly regarded by industry employers; the vast majority securing employment immediately after graduating.  

The Stud provides a variety of courses, many of which are free. They are aimed at those wishing to enter into a career in the industry or develop existing skills. They combine practical “hands on” experience with theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to gain industry qualifications.

Diploma in Stud Practice and Management - a 5 month residential course covering the Thoroughbred breeding season.  Applicants need to be a minimum of 18 years old with practical experience of working with horses and ideally some stud or racing experience.

Our modern training facilities complement the fully commercial breeding operation to provide an excellent environment to gain experience of the industry while working under the instruction of experienced staff. Residential students are housed in Westbrook House at the stud; students also have use of the unique Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre for lectures.

The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Entry to Stud Employment

The National Stud is delighted to be delivering this programme for the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) to provide a route for people unable to access the Apprenticeships in Stud Work or the National Stud's Diploma in Stud Practice and Management courses. 

Entry to Stud Employment Programme (E2SE) is open to anyone aged 18 or above; there are no entry criteria as such, other than the physical aptitude for the job and the drive to learn and work in the industry. Prior experience with horses is NOT a prerequisite and no advantage is given to those who do have prior experience with horses. A commitment to working hard in the industry and learning on the job is required, as is a positive attitude and the ability to work in a team. 

The E2SE programme aims to recruit suitable candidates and prepare them to join the stud industry workforce. The course runs in two parts; an initial 9 week residential programme at The National Stud, which prepares trainees for the follow on 6 to 9 month period of paid work on a stud farm gaining valuable experience and qualifications. 

During the residential part there will be lots of relevant stud farm experience and horse handling. This culminates in trainees assisting at the December Mare and Foal Sales for either the National Stud or another commercial stud farm. If a trainee on the E2SE residential programme achieves the required standard and is considered suitable for recommendation they will be introduced to a suitable stud farm for a placement interview. 

The placement duration is negotiable but will be a minimum of 6 months in order for the E2SE trainee to achieve the Level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Racehorse Care (Breeding option) qualification.

Throughout the training E2SE trainees will be supported and guided. Once a trainee starts in employment they are visited and assessed by National Stud training staff on a regular basis. Completion of the programme and qualifications is however reliant on remaining in stud work employment.

For further details please visit our website. 

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