Final Student Blog – Shayna Tiller

Final Student Blog – Shayna Tiller

3rd Jul 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are only one week away from graduating the 2019 Irish National Stud Breeding Course. These six months have been filled with many laughs, an abundance of knowledge and memories of an experience that will last a lifetime.


               We’ve been privileged to learn through a variety of professionals in the industry during our weekly lectures. We’ve picked the brains of bloodstock professionals, learned about international racing industries and have acquired an in-depth knowledge of veterinary practices to best manage a thoroughbred stud farm.


               While the academic aspect of the course has provided us a tremendous amount of knowledge, our practical work around the stud has been invaluable to our future success in the industry. Each foreman contributes a different specialty and skillset that will benefit us going forward.


               Joe, Lauren and Nicola coached us through a tremendous season in Sun Chariot, foaling 218 mares (with 35 going during the day). Laura and Leona taught us to nurture the newborn foals into their next stage of life, and it was a great pleasure moving between the yards and seeing the foals grow up as we progressed through our six-month course. Carol and Foxy always picked up where they were needed and taught us so much while floating between yards.


               Every morning spent with Eimear brought a smile to our faces, teaching us how to best manage the mares to give them their best chance at conceiving. The dynamic duo of Daffer and Paul in stallion never got old, and throwing Harry and Tom into the equation always made for an entertaining day. All jokes aside, they taught us how to work safely and effectively in the covering shed and it was amazing to have the opportunity to work with the unmatchable Invincible Spirit. And of course, PJ is always around to lend a hand, give advice or teach you something new.


               However, the best part of the course has been everything gained from the 30 of us that make it up. Coming from all different backgrounds and experiences has been the best opportunity to learn about the global racing and breeding industry. It will be amazing to see how everyone blossoms after the course and finds each other down the road in their work. Thank you all for the best six months, and I can’t wait to kick some booty in the thoroughbred industry together going forward.

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