Career Case Studies: Assistant Stud Groom

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.

An Assistant Stud Groom is a more senior role within the stud farm, they will support the Stud Managers and will be involved in the day-to-day running of a stud. A varied position, they will deputise for the Stud Manager and Stud Groom in overseeing the operations on the stud.

The role is varied and includes being in charge of the daily care and maintenance of mares, foals and yearlings and overseeing the vet and farrier work on the stud.


Skills Required:

  • Good broodmare/bloodstock knowledge
  • Willing to work unsociable hours
  • Physically fit
  • Patient
  • Ability to work well under pressure


An Assistant Stud Manager is a highly skilled job and requires large amounts of experience. The majority of Assistant Stud Managers spend time as stud hands first and then foaling/yearling managers. Many choose to undertake courses such as: The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practise and Management. This is an internationally recognized diploma which has trained many who have taken up managerial positions. It takes place at the National Stud 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