What I do
I work in the thoroughbred industry, but more specifically I am a Nominations Executive for Tweenhills Stud- a stone’s throw from Hartpury. My job involves sales, marketing, pedigree research, client relations and event organisation with the goal of attracting breeders to nominate their mares to our stallions for a fee. I really enjoy this job because it challenges me every day to learn more about breeding a racehorse. It also incorporates many of the areas of the industry (breeding, racing and public horse sales) that I have spent time working in since graduating from Hartpury University.
My unique beginning
After graduating with a BA in Equine Business Management from Hartpury University, I knew I was interested in the thoroughbred industry, so I spent time researching and calling industry professionals to try and figure out how to build a career in the sport. I found a mentor almost immediately, who facilitated opportunities for me to experience and gave me a ‘flying start’. The Tattersalls sales in Newmarket were where I first got my foot in the door and attending the sales a few times a year is now almost a religion for me.
Learning the industry
After Hartpury University, I completed two six-month training programmes in the thoroughbred industry. The first was the Kentucky Equine Management programme in Lexington, Kentucky, during which I was placed at Juddmonte Farms - the world-renowned organisation that bred and now stands Frankel. The second was the Irish National Stud course in County Kildare, Ireland - a course which has trained many of the industry leaders over the years. Following this period of practical training, I worked for two thoroughbred trainers: Francis Henri-Graffard in Chantilly, France, and Gai Waterhouse in Sydney, Australia. I have been fortunate to be able to experience a grand tour of the thoroughbred industry around the world, and have collected invaluable experience and contacts along the way.
Why I studied at Hartpury University
Hartpury University is well known in the equine world and offers great facilities and degrees that are internationally recognised and tailored to someone hoping to work within the equine industry. I was a dressage rider, so choosing Hartpury University was an easy decision because I could bring my horses with me. I was in the Equine Academy in my first year and the experience strengthened not just my horse and riding skills, but also showed me what it would be like to work with others that shared a common interest.
I work in an office now, but I need practical knowledge to do my job well, and I think Hartpury is a University that stresses the importance of not just book studies but practical skills and experience. This has really benefited me in my career.
My hopes for the future
I love working in the thoroughbred industry and I now have the job that I have worked towards for several years. I want to spend time in my current role to become highly skilled within my niche, but in the future I hope to be an entrepreneur, starting a business of my own. I would also like to help others like I was helped by getting them started working in the industry I am so passionate about.