Hartpury College

Ellie Harrod

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What I did on my work placements: My placement on the British Horseracing Authority Graduate Development Programme involved a two-week intense training course on all aspects of the racing industry, with professional talks from representatives from the BHA, Weatherbys, TBA, Bloodstock Agents and International Horseracing Federations. There were also exclusive trips providing a behind-the-scenes insight into the industry. Visits were made to Tattersalls; the world’s renowned equine auction sales as well as Dalham Hall Stud - the heart of Sheikh Mohammed’s thoroughbred breeding operation and Darley. There were also tours around Ed Dunlop’s and Sir Mark Prescott’s training yards, and a tour of the Newmarket Equine Hospital for a view of knee surgery. This was followed by an exam to achieve a Level 2 Certificate in the Structure of the Horseracing Industry, which was a great opportunity to enhance my CV. I also completed a seven-week graduate placement with British Horseracing Authority with Newmarket Jockey Club Racecourses, working in a commercial environment during their busiest season. I worked within sales, events management and customer relations and oversaw the private pavilions on racedays and music nights including performances from the Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Jones, Spandau Ballet and McBusted. I then had one week at The National Stud where I liaised with both guests and speakers to coordinate ‘The Mating Game’ seminar. I’ve also been able to gain both practical and office-based experience of work within the thoroughbred breeding sector on a eight-week bloodstock placement with the Thoroughbred Breeders Association. This involves four weeks work at Tweenhills Farm and Stud, learning the practical aspects of youngstock preparation for the Tattersalls October yearing sales, then working at Newsells Park Stud assisting the Stud Secretary and Manager with 2015 sales and preparations for the 2016 breeding season. I also managed the cards for Newsells at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales. Through these work placements, I’ve made valuable contacts through fantastic networking opportunities and been given the best insight into the racing industry. That has given me a competitive advantage into gaining a career within the racing industry and a confidence boost from realising how widely recognised both my degree and the BHA graduate placement is within the racing industry for obtaining a successful career.

Career ambitions: I have loved gaining experience and an insight into the different jobs available within the racing industry as I did not realise how vast the opportunities are, and I would like to further this internationally. I have enjoyed administration work within a racecourse and a stud. I am also fascinated by pedigree research and would like to one day become more involved with this, for example as a nominations executive.