Breeding the best – from meeting racing’s superstars to learning stud life


How do you breed the highest rated racehorse in the world? Hartpury students got the chance to find out on a trip to Britain’s top studs.

During the four-day trip to Newmarket, the students stayed at the British Racing School and spent time at the National Stud and Arran House Stud. They were also lucky enough to study racing superstar Frankel – who was unbeaten in his 14-race career – at Banstead Manor Stud.

The visit enabled the students, who are all in the second year of their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, to get involved in life at a top stud. They led mares and foals, worked with a ‘teaser’ stallion*, mucked out, fed the horses and helped with treatments. They also observed the vet and were able to see a pregnancy scan being carried out.

Lectures were focused on the industry, including the work of the Thoroughbred Breeding Association, a lesson from one of the top vets in Newmarket on foetal development and a run through of a typical year on a thoroughbred stud farm. The students were also given advice on careers within the industry.

Hartpury Equine lecturer, Emma Wilson, said: “This trip gave our students a fantastic insight into the thoroughbred breeding industry and opened their eyes to the career options available to them.

“The highlight of their trip was undoubtedly seeing Frankel, who was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011. They were in awe of him, and the other top class stallions that were paraded for us.”

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