The Class Of 2013 Graduate

The Class Of 2013 Graduate

9th Jul 2013

Front Rowe: Laura Gomez (Spain) Máire Keohane (IRE) Franziska Jacobs (Ger) Victoria Macauley (IRE) Sarah Field (GB) John Osborne (INS) Ellen Hyde (AUS) Amy McFarland (IRE) Alexandra Lowe (GB / USA) Sarah Holmes (USA)

Back Rowe: Ben Culham (AUS / GB) Harry Shearman (IRE) Gary Dowling (IRE) Benjamin King (NZ) George Murphy (IRE) Joseph O’ Connor (IRE) Eamonn O’ Donnabháin (IRE) Gavin O’ Connor (IRE) Donal O’ Loughlin (IRE) Ciarán De Barra (IRE) Jock Harris (NZ / GB) Cian Warren (IRE) John Rowe (IRE) Dermot Littlefield (IRE)

The sun shone brightly last Friday 5th July when the Class of 2013 graduated with flying colours from the Irish National Stud Management Course. Students from Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand and the USA all completed the course. Speaking before the ceremony John Osborne commented ‘They are an exceptional bunch of students and luckily everyoe will be going into gainful employment throughout the world. They were a strong bunch who were well sought out by their next employers. Last week the class of 2013 were hosts for the course reunion of past graduates and most noticeably that provided them with a demonstration of just what they’ve entered into’.


Students achieving honours were Ciarán De Barra, Máire Keohane, Dermot Littlefield and Joseph O’ Connor. The first prize for the veterinary assignement went to Cian Warren, the highest score for the written exam went to Ben Cullham, best written assignment went to Sarah Holmes and the prestigious continuous assessment went to Harry Shearman. Sarah now joins the Darley Flying Start programme which commences in August.




L-R Back:Harry Shearman, Ben Culham, Cian Warren,

L-R Front: Alexandra Lowe, Victoria Macauley, Sarah Holmes

The John Durkan award which is sponsored by the Class of 1984 was won by Scotland’s Ben Cullham. Henry Beeby on announcing this years recipient commented ‘I interviewed four people and we never had such high quality, so to the three who weren’t successful I say don’t be downhearted and I know you’ll be a great success, you blew me away’. Ben will now join Brian Meehan’s yard (himself a graduate of the course) where he started onthe road to becoming a trainer himself. Ben commented ‘For the first time in my life I have been around people of my own age with the same interest and that will be the biggest thing I will miss now the course is over. My time here has been pricesless and the memories made are the best of my life. I always wanted to work in all aspects of the industry and learn everything I could and this award encapsualtes that’.




Bea Durkan, Pat Downes (Giltown Stud) Susan Foley-Archdeacon, Ben Cullham (Award winner), Anne-Marie Durkan, Henry Beeby (Goffs) and Amanda Kelly-McCreery

Our silver medalist was Alexandra Lowe who now joins French trainer Francis Henri Graffard as his personal assistant




Gold & Silver Medalists Victoria Macauley and Alexandra Lowe

It was gold for Ireland as Victoria Macauley took top honors. Victoria who was completely lost for words on her achievement now joins Croom House Stud for yearling preparationa and sales work.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Class of 2013 and wish you every success in your careers!




CEO John Osborne with the 2013 Gold Medalist Victoria Macauley

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