2012 graduates of The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management
2012 graduates of The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management

The 2012 graduates of The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management

(Photo : The National Stud)

“Flagship Diploma Course breeding

next generation of Stud Managers”

European Bloodstock News, 5 July 2012

The National Stud has successfully increased skills in the Thoroughbred breeding industry via the graduation on Friday of 23 students from its flagship Diploma in Stud Practice and Management. Graduates included the first ever recipient of the ‘Childwick Trust Scholarship, Thabani Nzimande, who previously studied at Summerhill Stud in South Africa.

The Diploma course is an internationally-recognised qualification throughout the thoroughbred breeding industry, combining class room-based lectures and academic tuition along with intense practical work through a five-month residential period during the breeding season.

Based in Newmarket at The National Stud’s high-quality student facilities, the programme boasts several prestigious alumni and is situated right in the heart of the UK’s breeding industry.

Students gain invaluable insights into the routines of the stud office, along with assisting in veterinary care and reproductive examinations. Equine management training incorporates guidance and workshops from industry leaders and aims to develop knowledge and experience in preparation for future management positions.

The Diploma, which is free to EU students, provides 24 students each year with the opportunity to learn alongside experienced stud staff and work the breeding season to gain essential practical experience.

Applicants to the Diploma programme must be a minimum of eighteen years old with practical experience of working with horses. For more information on all of The National Stud’s training, and further details on how to apply please visit www.nationalstud.co.uk.

The first Childwick Trust scholarship for the 2011/12 Diploma was awarded to South African student Thabani Nzimande. Thabani arrived in Newmarket to complete his Diploma, having previously studied at the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence at Summerhill Stud north of Durban, South Africa.

Growing up in South Africa and developing his interest in horses from a young age, Thabani moved to Summerhill - home of the largest Thoroughbred stallion station in Africa - and promptly graduated from employment as a stable cleaner to pre-training in Florida before gaining a place on and graduating as top of his class from the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence programme, after which he was awarded the scholarship to study and train at The National Stud.

Speaking about Thabani’s scholarship, Brian O’Rourke, Managing Director of The National Stud, said: “With the Childwick Trust’s close connections to South Africa and racing in both the UK and South Africa, the Trustees proposed that a potential link could be forged between The Al Maktoum School of Excellence students at Summerhill Stud and The National Stud’s Diploma programme. It has been an extremely successful joint venture.”

Thabani Nzimande said: “For me it has been a dream to come to The National Stud and work under the management of Brian O’Rourke and the team. I would like to say thank you to the team who organised great lectures for this year’s class that have helped us to build ourselves up in this Thoroughbred business. I am so lucky that I have been able to increase my experience and knowledge in this business, and that memory will stay with me for life.”

Tabitha Smith, Training Director at the National Stud, said: Thabani has been an exemplary member of the group - he has amassed many new skills and enhanced the considerable practical skills he arrived with. Thabani has never once failed to take advantage of the opportunities available and use his time in the UK to the best advantage.”

School Of Management Excellence, South Africa
School Of Management Excellence, South Africa

Heather Morkel +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email heather@summerhill.co.za