18th Feb 2020
Students Brittany Reinhardt (SAF) and Daniel Byrne (IRE) give you an insight into their week on the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.
Between watching out for mares starting to wax up, taking care of our Living Legends and making sure that our mares and foals are snug and sound during the rather unpredictable weather, it’s safe to say we’ve been kept on our toes this week.
We’ve had the pleasure of being lectured by some of the industry’s top professionals, all of whom are sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. Anne Channon challenged students with an insightful team building exercise in which we discussed the positive and negative perceptions of the industry. Patrick Diamond also put us students on the spot during his lecture about first-season sires where we had to present some speedily researched stallions to our fellow peers.
With Valentine’s Day being this past week, a little love in the air made the official opening of our covering barn extra special. This is the first time that some students are gaining experience in the covering shed and it is proving to be an exciting and busy time for all of us.
We are really looking forward to learning from industry leaders this visiting week. Both Cathy Grassick, Bloodstock Agent and Director of Newtown Stud and Kevin Blake, Racing Journalist, Broadcaster and TV Racing Presenter will be presenting lectures to the I.N.S. students.
Our Tourism department is also adding to the hustle and bustle around the farm with the reopening of its doors to the public. This past week has been wonderful as we experience the many tourists who are attracted to the Irish National Stud and Gardens. We can’t wait to see many more fresh and familiar faces as the season continues.