The School of Equine Management Excellence runs three courses a year, specifically geared toward Stud Management, Equine Reproduction and Sales Preparation. Theses courses will benefit anyone who would like to work in the breeding industry, either for Thoroughbred Racing or the Sport Horse industry.
Each year the School of Excellence accepts private students as well as a number of bursaried students (who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds). Numbers are limited to be able to provide more one on one tuition, which helps to ensure the highest qualifying results. Entrance requirements include a Grade 12 qualification, previous horse experience and a passion for the breeding industry.
Our first course runs from May to September and offers students a complete introduction to Stud Management, encompassing all the relevant subject matter from the basics of horse management to more advanced veterinary care, pasture management, equine reproduction and the business skills required to manage a stud.
The second course runs from October through to December, and takes a more in depth look at equine reproduction, breeding nutrition, stallion management and includes Artificial Insemination and embryo transfer.
The third course is “Sales Preparation and Consignment" including the various intricacies of the preparation and management of thoroughbred racehorses, conformation, unsoundness, and pinhooking.
Students are housed in well appointed student accommodations that are on Summerhill-owned property. All theory lectures and course work take place in the school auditorium, which has a full multi-media centre and WiFi for student use.
Summerhill Stud provides the most wonderful learning environment for students, with over 800 horses on the farm including a Pre-training division and a full complement of highly experienced staff. The stud work is diverse and students get a real feel for every division of a large scale breeding operation. The Broodmare division will foal down approximately 250 mares a year and the stallion division will cover close on 300 mares. This combined with the Sales division prepping 40 Yearlings and 180 Two-Year-Olds for sales, will keep students busy and provides a wonderful canvas for education.