Career Case Studies: Stud Secretary

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.

The role of a stud secretary can vary greatly depending on the size and scope of the stud. Their main area of work is administration in connection with mares, from booking mares in for covering, completion of covering certificates and nomination invoicing.

A large amount of time will also be spent in communication with clients regarding coverings, foalings and mares, as well as communications with stud staff, Weatherbys and suppliers. It therefore helps to be computer literate and have experience in an office.

Skills Required:

  • Good understanding of stud operations
  • Computer literate
  • Attention to detail
  • Administration skills
  • Basic accounting skills may be an advantage


Previous experience working in a stud farm would be highly advantageous for this position, experience can be gained by completing the TBA Entry 2 Stud Employment Course or the National Stud Diploma, further information about the courses can be found here.

The National Stud offer a Stud Secretaries’ and Stud Administration course, run over 5 days. The course features speakers from key organisations within the racing industry and is a must for anyone looking to make the transition to a Stud Secretary position. The course will provide an overview of the skills and knowledge required to perform the job effectively, click here for information on the National Stud short courses.

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