On the 13th and 14th November, TTC held its flagship event of the year, the two-day Careers Course, kindly supported by the Racing Foundation and Weatherbys, at Tattersalls Park Paddocks, Newmarket, Over 80 delegates, from around the UK, including those on racing related courses at Writtle University College and Hartpury University and College, attended across the two days.
The event, which was open to all, was aimed at not just those who maybe are in the industry, but those who are interested in choosing a career path into the wide-ranging racing and breeding industries or simply looking for a career change.
More breeding focussed sessions were offered on the first day and included talks and workshop sessions on various subjects ranging from nutrition, nominations and veterinary nursing, while visits to either Cheveley Park Stud, where the legendary stallion Pivotal calls home, or Newmarket Equine Hospital were also provided.
Tim Lane of the National Stud provided a well received talk about how he got into the industry, his role and about stud management. He commented: “The delegates were really engaging, asking questions and I hope that they took plenty away from the talk. I have had a couple of them contact me since for further information, which is great.
“I think that the careers course was a brilliant opportunity for those looking to make a career within the industry, to learn what it is all about and also to meet likeminded people.”
On the evening of the first day, delegates and industry personnel gathered together for an informal evening at the Jockey Club Rooms.
The second day of the course was given over to the wider industry. The morning sessions provided insights into the educational opportunities that the industry offers, as well as informative talks about the roles of the BHA and Weatherbys.
Following a visit to either Amy Murphy’s Southgate Stables, where delegates were able to meet TTC horse Mercian King, or Godolphin’s Hamilton Hill Stables, a range of workshops were offered covering topics from accountancy, training and industry marketing.
TTC chairman Christian Williams, commented:
“Thanks to the support of The Racing Foundation, Weatherbys and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, TTC was able to deliver a course which offered delegates a fascinating overview of the diverse and rewarding careers across the racing and breeding industry.”
As custodians of the thoroughbred, the next generation of trainers, stud managers, agents and stable / stud staff are fundamentally key to securing the future of the breed. It’s fantastic that an initiative like TTC will have a positive impact on that future, as well as the careers of many young people in the industry..”
The Thoroughbred Club would like to thank all the sponsors – The Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Weatherbys and Racing Foundation, the speakers, visit hosts and attendees for helping make the 2018 course such a success.