The NZTBA have announced that Ryan
Stacey has been awarded the Keith and Faith Taylor Family scholarship to study
at the Irish National Stud in 2019.
Stacey will leave New Zealand in January to
undertake the world renowned Thoroughbred Breeding Course at the famous nursey.
“We had a number of very strong applicants
this year, the calibre of the applicants was excellent and anyone of them
could have represented us in Ireland,” said Justine Sclater NZTBA Business
Development and Operations Manager, who manage the scholarships and select the
“It was so pleasing to see so many young
people with a passion for the thoroughbred industry wanting to improve their
skills and apply for the scholarship. Ryan’s enthusiasm really stood out and we
are confident he will represent New Zealand well and will benefit a great deal
from the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.”
“This course is definitely character
building and offers so much to the students besides all the hands on, and
academic studies. Every year when the students return we see such a lot of
personal growth in them and they go on to contribute so much to the industry.
We are indebted to the Taylor Family of Trelawney Stud for their support of
Stacey is currently working at Brighthill
Farm in Cambridge, a position he has held for only seven months. At 26 he was a
late starter into the industry, but is keen to make up for lost time.
“I finished school at 18 and did a variety
of jobs, but I had no idea what I really wanted to do, and was getting a bit
despondent about what I wanted to do with my life,” said Stacey.
“I have always loved horses and have a
passion for thoroughbreds so I snapped out of my bubble and asked my mate Benji
King if there were any jobs going on his Dad’s farm and luckily for me there
“It’s been the best seven months of my life
so far, it’s so satisfying, and it’s like a new lease of life.
Benji King who is also on the staff at
Brighthill Farm is a former NZTBA scholarship winner, and attended secondary
school with Stacey.
Stacey was born in Matamata and his parents
have a background in the thoroughbred industry. His father Steve was a jockey,
and his mother Samantha previously worked with racehorses and on studs. His
family left Matamata when he was a baby when his parents got a job at Shadai
Farm in Japan, where they worked for around 10 years.
“For me it’s an opportunity to go overseas
and learn as much as I can and catch up for the time I have lost not being in
the industry that long compared to anyone else my age.
“I didn’t think I had been in the industry
long enough but my boss (Nick King) encouraged me to go for the scholarship, he
obviously saw something in me that I wasn’t seeing.
“I am very excited about and very proud of
myself for how far I have come in a short space of time. I was overwhelmed at
first but now I am just very excited. I have other friends who have been on the
course and they have been filling me in on the activities and I now feel
confident about going over there and doing my best. It’s a really good feeling
after so many years of being lost.” -NZTBA