NGC/BHA Graduate Programme Placement 2012
The TBA Next GEneration Club has linked up with the BHA Graduate Programme to give one BHA graduate the chance to learn more about the breeding industry during two work placements in the period up to and including Tattersall Books 1 and 2. The objective is to give the graduate an insight into the sales season through exposure to two stud farms operating at the highest level. Selected graduate Sean McGuinness will first join Tweenhills Farm & Stud in Gloucestershire and then move on to Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire for a period of one monthon each stud.
Sean joined the BHA Graduate Programme having spent time as an apprentice jockey followed by completing a Foundation Degree and NVQ 3 in Horse Care (Breeding) at Myerscough College. His experience on a sport horse stud combined with the introduction to the Thoroughbred breeding industry on the 2 week BHA Graduate Course sparked a desire to explore a career in the breeding industry, and after completing his initial BHA work placement at Racing Welfare, Sean looks forward to this unique opportunity saying:
"I am delighted and grateful to have been offered the opportunity to gain experience at two of the leading studs in th UK. Having listened to Matt Coleman, Sam Hoskins and Joe Grimwade speak on the breeding industry during the Graduate Programme, I am keen to learn as much as I can, as I believe this is the industry in which I wish to make my career."
The TBA NGC is very grateful to both Newsells Park and Tweenhills Farm & Stud who are generously supporting the work placements for the second year running. Julian Dollar, Stud Director at Newsells Park, said:
"Newsells Park Stud has always had a strong commitment to fostering and nurturing a passion for breeding Thoroughbreds in young people, who are the future of our industry. We have a strong team of committed and enthusiastic young staff and we hope that Sean will get maximum benefit from his time with us."
And David Redvers commented:
"We are delighted to help the TBA NGC in its aim to give young people an in-depth insight into how the bloodstock breeding industry works. This is a dynamic, fast -moving industry offering great career opportunities, and I hope Sean's time at Tweenhills will help him make decisions about his future in the industry."
NGC/BHA Graduate Programme Placement 2011
The Next Generation Club and the British Horseracing Authority have joined together to provide two placements for one student from the BHA Graduate Scheme. The scheme will aim to further their knowledge of the breeding industry by offering two linked placements at Tweenhills Farm & Stud and Newsells Park Stud. The placements will cover the period before, during and after the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (5th September - 28th October 2011).
The NGC, in collaboration with the TBA and BHA, are pleased to announce that Amy Clapham, a graduate of Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Animal Science, was the successful candidate selected after an interview process involving all three parties. We hope that both placements will provide Amy with a chance to gain a better understanding of the breeding industry, which will be invaluable in the future. Amy will be providing the NGC with a weekly Blog of how her placement is going, and we look forward to hearinghow she is getting on.
Commenting on her successful application, Amy said "I am delighted to have secured the placements offered by the Next Generation Club. Following my BHA placement at Tattersalls, it is great to have the opportunity to experience the practical side of the industry at Tweenhills Stud and Newsells Park Stud at such an exciting time for both operations. to be involved hands-on in preparing horses for the sales, as well as seeing everything coming together for the forthcoming breeding season, is an excellent chance to further my knowledge and experience. I am now far more confident about securing a career within the bloodstock industry."
The Next Generation Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank both farms, who have been instrumental in making this happen. Thank you also to the TBA and the BHA for facilitating this placement. NGC Committee member, Kevin Sommerville, commented "It is fantastic to see the NGC and BHA work together with two leading stud farms, Tweenhills and Newsells, to provide two exciting placements during the sales season. I am excited about the opportunity that this presents for Amy Clapham, and I hope that in the future more studs will come forward to support this scheme and help to bridge the gap between Racing and Breeding."
Watch this space to read Amy's first hand account of the NGC placements and working with Tweenhills Farm and Newsells Park Stud!