Career Case Studies: Stud Hand

11th April 2018

There are a number of rewarding career options open to those wishing to work on a stud farm. Listen to those employed within the industry as they explain what is involved in their roles.

A Stud Hand is the entry level role, where the initial horsemanship and stud experience skills are acquired. The role is an important starting point, as it teaches a basic grounding of stud management and provides experience which is second to none when applying for more senior positions.

The role is varied and includes being in charge of the daily care and maintenance of mares, foals and yearlings and assisting the vet and farrier. There may also be opportunities to help with foalings and attend the sales.

Skills required:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Willing to work unsociable hours
  • Physically fit
  • Patient
  • Ability to work well under pressure


There are a number of course which specialise in training young people who want to become stud hands. For example the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Entry 2 Stud Employment Programme. This is a course run at the National Stud in Newmarket, which provides you with a basic grounding of horse care and stud work, before embarking on a paid placement at a stud. The course runs once a year, starting in October and involves a 9 week residential training course prior to the work placement. Many with little to no horse experience use this course as a starting point, before embarking on the Level 3 National Stud Diploma Course. For more information click here.

Have you seen our Early Years of a Racehorse video, showing the roles available on a Stud Farm, if not click here