Career Case Studies: Yearling Manager

12th 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 yearling manager oversees the preparation of yearlings for the sales which run from August-December. They are usually in charge of a barn of yearlings and manage their welfare, nutrition, exercise, regularly assessing their conformation and condition, so that they are physically and mentally prepared for the sales. A yearling manager will also manage a team of staff.

This highly skilled job and requires large amounts of experience and a crucial attention to detail. The majority of Yearling Managers spend time as yearling assistants first to learn

Skills required:

  • Good horse/industry knowledge
  • Attention to detail
  • Dedicated
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Patient
  • Excellent horse handling skills
  • People management skills


Yearling manager is a highly skilled job and requires large amounts of experience. The majority of yearling managers spend time as stud hands first before progressing to this role. Many choose to undertake courses such as the National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management and completing the sales seasons abroad in both Australia and America to gain further experience. The National Stud Diploma course takes place in Newmarket every year between January to June, with interviews taking place Aug-Oct each year. Applicants must be 18 years and over with experience on a stud farm. For more information on the Diploma course click here.

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