THE National Stud in Newmarket runs a comprehensive education programme alongside the day-to-day stud activity. Students stay in Westbrook House, the onsite hostel with 24 ensuite bedrooms and attend lectures in the custom-built Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre. Courses range from the entry level E2SE programme to CPD training for senior managers.

Entry to stud employment programme

The TBA Entry to Stud Employment programme was created to provide access into the industry for those with little or no practical equine experience. The course is conducted in two intakes (August and October). The first intake focuses on those with no practical equine experience - students will complete with a Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Thoroughbred Horse Care. The course is full-time residential and runs for six weeks followed by an optional three weeks of work experience.

Level 2 is tailored for those with some practical experience working with horses and those who have been successful in Level 1 can continue onto Level 2 in the same year. The course is full-time residential and runs for nine weeks.

Those who meet the required standard will be invited to interview for a work placement at a UK stud farm where they will complete their Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care (Breeding Option). This programme is fully funded by the National Stud, TBA and the Racing Foundation.

Evening lecture programme

For those seeking to expand their knowledge of the thoroughbred industry as a whole the Evening Lecture Programme is the perfect place to start. Lectures cover everything from the Reproductive Cycle of the Mare and Neonatal Foal Disease to An Introduction to Pedigrees and Stallion Selection and Acquisition.

Lectures are available to view online with notes circulated in advance. Option to purchase access to the whole programme or choose a selection of lectures most relevant to you.

For more information email or call +44 1638 663464