27th Jun 2016
A fine mix of proud parents and impressed industry professionals gathered at the Irish National Stud last Friday 24th June, as the 26 students on this year’s Thoroughbred Breeding Course basked in the limelight for their graduation ceremony and prize giving.
The first Thoroughbred Breeding Course was held at the Irish National Stud in 1971 and it remains the best known equine training programme to this day. The aim of the course is to educate young people for a career in the thoroughbred industry.
The 26 course graduates are from every corner of the global thoroughbred world. Hailing from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and America, were Emma Beazley, Charlie Dee, Tom Evetts, Alice Edgar, Chloe Pitts, Kate Curran, Hannah Mee, Courtney Schneider and Nicholas Wheeler. From Europe’s Hungary and Czech Republic came Livia Prem and Jakub Vitek, respectively, joining Irish students Basil Brindley, Joseph Callan, Danny Collins, Michéal Conaghan, Cathal Gorman, Stephen Greene, David Hannigan, Jerry Horan, Joann Lyons, Clare Manning, Amy Marnane, Alex McCarthy, Sarah McCrory, Shane Power and Shelley Rapoport.
Speaking before the ceremony, CEO John Osborne said of the class of 2016: “They are an exceptional group of students and we hope that their six months here will be a springboard towards success in their future careers within the industry.”
John Osborne presented each student with their graduation certificates for completing the six-month course. In addition, awards were given to the highest achieving students with the award for veterinary going to Joe Callan, the highest score for the written exam to Chloe Pitts, best written assignments to Charlie Dee, and the continuous assessment award to Sarah McCrory.
The prestigious Gold Medal went to Tom Evetts who demonstrated an outstanding performance in all aspects of the course. The Silver Medal was awarded to Kate Curran who showed great determination and dedication throughout her time on the course.
Tom Evetts was also selected for the John Durkan Opportunity which is presented by the Class of 84. This award is granted to a student who has shown an interest in pursuing a career in training racehorses. Margaret Durkan presented Tom with the award. Leo Powell, Managing Editor of The Irish Field, also presented an award to the writer of a piece on blue hen broodmares and that was awarded to Chloe Pitts whose piece features in this week’s Irish Field.
Many of the graduates have secured employment in various positions in stud and bloodstock operations across the globe. We are sure that these graduates will become future leaders within the industry.