21st Jan 2019
Over the duration of the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course our 30 students will give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. First up we catch up with Adam Potts (IRE) and Victoria Canessa (ARG).
Thirty students from twelve nationalities gathered for the official start of the Thoroughbred Breeding Course on Tuesday. Although coming from many different cultures, we all share a passion for the thoroughbred, so it took little time to break the ice.
After a tour of the stud, we were introduced to some of the stallions on the roster, including the privilege of viewing Invincible Spirit — sire of 110 stakes winners — who will shortly begin his seventeenth covering season. We look forward to seeing the full roster during the Student Stallion Show on Thursday, where students will present our knowledge and unique selling points of each stallion in groups to CEO Cathal Beale and Nominations and Bloodstock Advisor Patrick Diamond.
Preparation for the foaling season is well under way. In fact, it has already begun, with the birth of a colt by Sea The Stars out of the prolific Group-placed mare Legitimus. Our first lecture commenced on Tuesday where Foaling Attendant, Lauren Eisemann, gave us an introduction to foaling and what to be aware of, in preparation for the upcoming season. Last year, 269 foals were born on the stud, and 2019 also looks set to be just as busy.
We also underwent an induction on teasing mares, where we were introduced to Tayto the teaser in the Maddenstown yard, who was especially frisky at the sight of two mares! On Friday evening, we were joined by the friendly staff for dinner with informal introductions that gave us plenty of humour.
Former Irish Grand National winner Thunder And Roses, who is part of the I.N.S. Racing Club’s 2019 horses in training, finished fourth on ground quicker than ideal at Boulta point-to-point. The majority of students were there to support him and for many, it was there first experience of the unique pointing scene — the birth of Irish steeplechasing and where so many of today’s top jumpers started out their careers. The recently developed club, where one can own a share in multiple horses along with yard visits and free racecourse entry on days the club has a runner, is €399 per year
With the first week of inductions and familiarisation under our belts, we’re now ready to hit the ground running in each of our roles.