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National and Summerhill Studs link on scholarship

A FULLY funded place on the National Stud's annual diploma in stud practice and management will be available to a graduate of the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence at Summerhill Stud in South Africa next year.

The studs have joined forces alongside the Childwick Trust to provide the scholarship, which will offer the successful graduate the chance to experience a northern hemisphere season and attain internationally renowned qualifications and managerial skills.

The Childwick Trust will fund the initiative by covering the costs of the successful applicant. A number of students on the School of Management Excellence course, which was established to improve the skills of young people within the South African thoroughbred industry, come from disadvantaged communities.

Brian O'Rourke, managing director at The National Stud, said: "We're delighted to be working with the School of Excellence and Summerhill Stud to offer a successful graduate the opportunity to study with us here at The National Stud in Newmarket.

"With thegreat support of the Childwick Trust Scholarship, the South African student will join the other diploma students working alongside our experienced Stud staff during the breeding season and take advantage of the excellent teaching facilities in the Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre and stay in the recently extended and refurbished ensuite student accommodation at Westbrook House.

"We hope that the scholarship sets precedence for future opportunities with other countries and similar education initiatives in the years to come."

Mick Goss from Summerhill Stud and the Al Maktoum School of Excellence, added: "Our young and enthusiastic students are keen horse people, who display an unusual potential and connectivity with the world of racing and we're delighted to be offering one of our graduates the opportunity to study with The National Stud.

"We believe the overseas placement will develop a management focused role and fast-track ourgraduate into a world they might never have accessed without the scholarship, with the hope that they bring their experiences back to fellow students at home."




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