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Irish National Stud Scholarship winner announced
29 Nov 2017

An expansion in the age band of students eligible for the Irish National Stud study programme has given Danielle Southey a second chance at an opportunity of a lifetime.

Last year she applied for the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship to the Irish National Stud as part of the NZTBA’S Sunline Education Trust Scholarship programme, and was quite disappointed when she was unsuccessful, however this year the age band was expanded and she once again became eligible.

“It was a bit of a shock when I found out that I could get a second chance to go again because the age band has been extended to 25, I thought I was too old to apply,” enthused a delighted Southey.

“It’s a great opportunity, an opportunity of a life time and I am told it will be the best six months of my life.

“I heard about it from my work mates at Trelawney, they all rave about what a wonderful opportunity it was to attend the course, and it’s perfect that I come back to work where I started out from.”

Southey will travel to Ireland in January to take part in the Thoroughbred Breeding Diploma course at the Irish National Stud. The NZTBA has been selecting candidates for this course with excellent results for over 20 years and since 2006 it has been funded by the Taylor family of Trelawney Stud.  Part of the scholarship also includes a six month internship at Trelawney Stud on return.

She is currently employed at Trelawney Stud, and initially applied for the course last year after being encouraged by former winners working at the stud. When she missed out she put it behind her and was delighted when the Taylors organised a placement for her at Stanley Park Stud in England for four months earlier this year.

“I have been getting tips from Cameron (Ring) who has been working here since he completed the course earlier this year, and Hannah (Mee) who went the year before is a good friend of mine, they have been giving me the heads up and I am looking forward to going back over there, and seeing how they do things in Ireland,” she said.

“It’s completely different to how they do things here in the southern hemisphere. I was lucky enough to attend some lectures at the English National stud and learnt so much, and I am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge at the Irish National Stud lectures." 

Southey maintains she was born into horses, and into a family that is keen on racing. She had her first pony at aged eight, and first started work experience in stables while still at school.

“My uncle is a trainer in Mornington, and he got me my first job,” said Southey who has also worked in racing stables, “and from there everyone suggested that if I was serious about a career with horses that I should get a job in the breeding industry. I did that and I haven’t looked back, I have learnt so much since I have been around thoroughbreds.”

“I wouldn’t want to work in any other industry. It has helped having a family that fully supports me as well, and now I have been given this opportunity and can’t wait to go.”

The Irish National Stud course is a five month course commencing in late January and features both practical and academic units covering everything from business studies, to animal welfare and pasture management. Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a diploma which is recognised throughout the thoroughbred world. -NZTBA