2nd Jul 2013
The Gathering was announced in 2012 as an initiative to encourage the Irish abroad to visit home in 2013 and we at the Irish National Stud saw it as an ideal excuse to do what we had planned for years – to stage a reunion of all past students of the INS Stud Management Course. The course has produced over 1,000 graduates since 1971.
Indeed the role of the INS in education goes back even further to a stud grooms’ course in 1966 attended by many luminaries, most notably John Magnier!
Last week’s reunion saw nearly a quater of all past students return for the day to exchange stories and reminisce about their education, although what was learned was not necessarily academic.
Divya Chaudray travelled from India, and others came from Australia (Brian Collison, Davy Hanratty, the Bradfield sisters and Andrew Marsh), the USA (David Carroll, Jim Fitzgerald and James Keogh).
Over the years, 32 countries have sent students to the INS for the stud management course and this fact was marked by the unveiling of a flag garden and we had students from 12 coutries at the reunion, which is what the Gathering initiative set out to achieve.
Pierric Rouxel, who travelled from france, remarking on the wonderful day, noted that an amount of business was also transacted among the various racing and breeding heavy-weights assembled. All in all, a fantastic day!