The 2016 NZTBA Scholarship winners have been announced with Hannah Mee being awarded the Irish National Stud Scholarship sponsored by the Keith and Faith Taylor Charitable Trust.
According to a previous recipient Shannon Taylor, who is now on the selection panel, the competition was pretty tough.
“Once again we had a great group of applicants for both the Irish National Stud Scholarship and the International Management Scholarship and to be honest, any one of the applicants would have been great representatives for our industry so, it wasn’t an easy decision. In saying that, we have two outstanding recipients for our 2016 scholarships and I’ve no doubt they will do themselves and the New Zealand industry proud,” she said.
Mee will travel to Ireland in January for 20 weeks to gain a Diploma from the world renowned Irish National Stud and is excited about her opportunity. She is currently working in the foaling unit at Cambridge Stud, having started out with a casual summer job arranged for her by her uncle David Mee, and is now in her fifth season at the prestigious stud.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I am excited and looking forward to learning different skills, more about all aspects of the industry, and meeting different people,” she enthused.
“I have heard fabulous things about the Irish National Stud course and everyone I know who has been there has just loved it. One of my good friends completed the course and encouraged me to apply to the Sunline Education Trust.”
Mee’s family have always been involved in thoroughbreds with her great grandfather William Mee, standing a number of stallions at his Ben Dhu Stud in the South Island.
One of three daughters of Nikki and Jimmy Mee, as a child she learnt to ride at an early age, and competed in shows and in dressage, as well as being an active member of the South Canterbury Hunt.
Besides working at Cambridge Stud, she has done stints at Newgate Farm, Broadwater Thoroughbreds in Australia, and Coolmore Stud in both Australia and Ireland.