Racing Together hears from three students in the second week of The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Entry to Stud Employment (E2SE) and Study Programme, as they take their first steps towards a career in the sport.
We start this blog midway through Week 2 of the E2SE course at The National Stud, Newmarket. We are a very varied group of 16 individuals in both age ranges and backgrounds. That said we all have a common goal to secure a career within the Thoroughbred breeding industry.
First week full of activities
An extremely busy first week saw us engaging in numerous activities. We were split into groups to allow each individual sufficient opportunity to get involved with every aspect of the course. Each morning the day started with yard duties. These involved mucking out, leading out horses, vets’ visits and the teasing process. We are lucky in that the Stud is currently boarding a number of Southern Hemisphere mares, some of which are visiting Banstead Manor stallions. Our luck continued in that the Stud also is boarding mares with foals at foot.
Four legs to four wheels
A few of us were taken away from yard duties to receive tractor driving training! Two brand new tractors and two very enthusiastic training instructors were at our disposal. None of us had driven tractors before so we were all thrilled to have successfully completed the course and passed the test.
Busy social scene to accompany the academic activities
In between all the periods of hard work, we did have some social activities. On one evening we went to the Tattersalls Sales Book 2. It was great to see so many experts at work in their field of expertise, along with some potential future stars of the track. Another evening was spent visiting The Racing Centre in Newmarket. It gave us a great insight into the type and level of support that is available to us within our chosen new careers. The week was topped off by a tour of the National Stud given by Larry, one of the stalwarts of the Discover Newmarket team.
Week two and it’s more hands-on with horses
Alongside the yard duties of week one, there was much more interaction between us and the horses. We were given horses to turn out, bring in and take on and off the horse walker. We were supervised in doing this but it still felt great to be allowed to handle these wonderful creatures. The bottom line for us all is that we just love the horses!
Lectures complement the practical work
Throughout the course so far, we have attended a number of lectures that run alongside and complement the practical work. Topics covered included the external points of the horse, the digestive process and other lectures contributing towards our Level 2 Racecourse Care – Breeding Option.
All in all, it has been a great start to the course and we can’t wait for the next seven weeks!
A blog by E2SE students Liz, Andy and Chris.