Below in the final blog from Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Irish National Stud Scholarship Recipient Danielle Southey:
Hello from Ireland
one last time,
Well people said to
me that this would be an amazing six months of my life, and they weren’t wrong.
My time at the Irish National Stud has been amazing and with a great bunch of
For the month of
June all the yards were starting to quieten down as its coming up to the end of
the breeding season for the northern hemisphere. With mares going out from
Maddenstown and some mares and foals going home from Blandford and Black
calming down Sally has been busy organising trips for us in our last month. All
the racing stables and stud farms have been amazing to see. We went down to
Coolcullen and Beechy Park and both the places and the facilities were amazing.
They were lovely enough to put on a lunch for us and we were able to talk to
Jim Bolger himself and ask him a few questions. It was a lovely day out and we
all enjoyed looking around and getting shown the facilities as well as a few
We also went to
Derrinstown Stud and Yeomanstown Stud where we were shown the stallions.
Everywhere we have been to, the facilities have been amazing even the
smallest stud that we have seen have still been able to make it work for them.
The last stud and
racing yard we went to was Ballydoyle and Coolmore, they both work together
with Coolmore holding the mares, foals, yearlings and stallions and Ballydoyle
being the training yard. Both places were amazing to see and I was so lucky to
have the opportunity to go and see and listen to how they run the training yard
and get to see the facilities of Coolmore.
We were even lucky
enough to go to Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Hospital to have a look around and
also be able to see both an open castration (which was done outside in the
paddock) and a closed castration (which was done in surgery) both were very
interesting to see especially the closed castration as I haven’t seen one done
before. It was interesting to see and hear what and how the vet was doing in
I loved that I was
able to see Australia who stands at Coolmore Stud. I worked at Stanley House
Stud last year and was able to work with his mother Ouija Board.
I have enjoyed all
the trips we have been on and I want to thank everyone for opening their
gates/door and for giving up some of their time to show us all around their
We also had the
pleasure of meeting Bobby O’Ryan a well- respected Bloodstock Agent who came
out to the stud and showed us what he looked for and how to analyse yearling’s
conformation if you were looking at them in the yearling sales. This was very
interesting to see what some people are looking for when they are at the sales
and gave us a lot to think about for when we parade them and if we were to buy
some of our own one day.
During this month
there were also some big race meetings. Royal Ascot was something not to
miss, a few of the other students had the delight of going over and being at
the races in person. But it was still amazing to watch on the telly in the
lounge room with the others.
We had a little
pool going with a £10 buy in and for each race we selected one horse in the
hope that whoever got the most points in the week would take out the winnings.
Was great to see kiwi jockey James McDonald in amongst the other international
riders trying to get a winner which he got on Wednesday in the Jersey Stakes
(Group 3) on Expert Eye.
It was also great
to watch The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) on Saturday where both Merchant
Navy ridden by Ryan Moore and Redkirk Warrior ridden by Frankie Dettori ran.
Both southern hemisphere horses came over to race for this title, with Merchant
Navy winning it. There was a lot of shouting at the telly during that race. He
will now be going back to Australia and will be retired to stud at Coolmore for
the southern hemisphere breeding season.
amazing week of racing from England we looked forward to the Irish Derby held
at the Curragh the following weekend. All of us mainly attended Saturday. It
was a lovely hot day to go racing sadly didn’t win any money during this race
meeting but was still a great day out at the races with friends. Also meet up
with David Morris who is on the Sunline International Management Scholarship. I
wish him all the best for his next venture over to America.
As the course was
coming up to the end we were all busy studying for the final three exams trying
to cram as much information as we could, we were even making cue cards. Even
with the pressure of the exams coming up we worked together in groups to make
sure we knew a bit of everything hoping that what we had revised was in the
With the exams
finally over and done with and all of us giving it our all we were able to
relax a bit more. After our trip to Coolmore we were able to go out to
Ballybunion in County Kerry thanks to one of the students Finn who invited all
of us to go out there for a few days at their beach house, so we could all
spend some time together before all heading our separate ways.
Graduation day was
upon us and a bunch of us girls all went together and got out hair done then
went out for a brunch one last time. It was lovely to see all the lads all
suited and booted and the girls looking lovely in their dresses. Friends and
family all joined us along with the staff and guest lecturers who had given up
their time to come and talk to us over the last couple of months all joined to
help celebrate our graduation.
We started off the
afternoon with a small stallion parade with three selected students talking
about some of our stallions. We then had our group photos taken and then onto
the ceremony where we had a nice welcome from both the chairman Matt Dempsey
and the CEO Cathal Beale.
A few awards were
handed out and presented then we heard from our selected students John Bourke
and Olivia Johnston we had a lot of laughs throughout the speeches. We were
awarded our certificates I was very happy that I passed with Merit. After the
ceremony was done we gathered round at the marquee for drinks and a lovely set
out dinner provided by the Gourmet Goodies.
I would just like
to say thanks again to everyone. Sally for organising everything for us from
lectures to trips to making sure that we were all settled in and comfortable
there. We are all surely going to miss you and hope all the best for your
future. This was Sally’s last year as she hangs up her hat, but she will still
be around showing who ever takes on her job. They are going to be big boots to
A big thanks to
Christini who was our Mum away from home. Thank you for putting up with all 27
of us and helping us out when we needed it working hard to make sure the place
is all nice and clean for us. Thanks to all the guest lectures and people who
came in to teach us about what you do to open our eyes and learn even more into
the industry we all love and hope to carry on in the next generation.
Also to all of the
staff for putting up with us loud bunch and taking us under your wing to show
us the ropes. But a big thanks to Cathal even though this was your first year
as the CEO it didn’t show. We did make it an interesting year for everyone.
A big thanks to the
New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association for choosing me to take on this
journey and a big thanks to the Keith and Faith Taylor Family Trust for
sponsoring the scholarship and to the Trelawney team for all the support you
gave me to come over here and do this. Along with my friends and family without
the big support system for me back at home I would never think of doing
something like this.
Well as it has all
come to an end I leave here with great memories and great friends who we will
all keep in touch with and possible future job opportunities. Especially as
half are going to be on their way over to Australia, I’m sure we will all meet
up again soon. It has been an interesting journey, but I wouldn’t change any of
it from the trips down to the local pubs making fun of each other and sharing
stories it’s certainly a once in a life time experience.
Well I will see you
all soon Trelawney team ready for the breeding season.