27th June 2014

End of term at The National Stud

Today is one of the biggest days of the year at the Stud as we say goodbye to the students who have been with us since February completing the National Stud Diploma course in Stud Practice & Management.

Over the last few months, the students have arrived, been given time to settle in and then sent out onto the farm to work in the different yards, alongside our permanent yard staff.

They come to us during the busiest time of year which means we give them the chance to see all aspects of the foaling and covering season at a thoroughbred stud. It also means there is no room for anyone who doesn't want to get stuck in!

They will get practical experience of coverings, foalings, vet rounds, as well as working with the mares, foals, stallions and horses who are spelling with us. All this alongside a range of lectures in the evening from some of the leading figures in the bloodstock industry. Oh and they are required to complete a coursework project too!

Today is the culmination of all the hard work as well as the awarding of prizes: The Tim Dunlop Memorial Scholarship, the National Stud Prize, The Rushbrook Prize for the Most Improved Student and the Best Practical Student.

Today the students will leave and from tomorrow the Stud will be a quieter place, but there is a lot of still to do. It is time to start on the next Stallion brochure and start preparing for the Autumn sales.

But today, it is celebrating the achievements of our students.