9th Jul 2014
It was perhaps fitting that the 2014 Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding and Management Course Graduation took place on the fourth of July; Independence Day as the 2014 graduates are now independent of the Irish National Stud and set to explore pastures new!
The graduation took place in the Osborne Centre and the students were welcomed by their families and friends of the Irish National Stud for the Awards Ceremony. There were speeches from CEO John Osborne singing the praises of the 2014 group, as well as from Henry Beeby who was there to present Jack Nice with this year’s John Durkan Award.
Representing the Class of 2014, Tom Harris provided the laughs with his speech recalling his six months at the Irish National Stud while Hallie Hardy extended her thanks to all who have supported the INS students this year. We echo this sentiment and would like to sincerely thank all the lecturers and those who have accommodated our students at their premises this year.
The Gold Medal was granted to Stephen Cahill from Abbeyleix and John Osborne spoke in glowing terms about his work ethic and quality of assignments. The Silver Medal was granted to Philadelphia’s Justin Miller. They were separated by the smallest of margins.
The award for the best score in the Veterinary Exam was granted to Ellen Mitchell from Ireland while the top marks in the Final Written Exam were posted by Australia’s Will-Lee Warner. Ethan Blackmore from Ireland was awarded the Continuous Assessment Prize and the prize for the Best Portfolio of Assignments was awarded to the United Kingdom’s Patrick Diamond.
We would like to wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and hope that our course can act as a springboard from which they can launch their successful careers in the thoroughbred industry.