Clodagh Kavanagh became Godolphin International Thoroughbred Leadership Programme Executive Director in 2003. Motivated by HH Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of creating a management training programme to recruit and develop the “Future Leaders of the Thoroughbred Industry”, Clodagh’s role is to provide strategic leadership and maintain a global perspective on the programme. She oversees the quality and relevance of the syllabus, provides coaching and mentoring to the trainees and guides a team of coordinators based in Australia, UK, USA and Dubai.
Previously General Manager of the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare, Clodagh was a part-time Racing Official with the Irish Turf Club.
Clodagh has worked in Kentucky, New Zealand, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Sydney and Kildare for some of the leaders in the thoroughbred industry including Eaton-Williams consignors, Segenhoe Stud, Colin Hayes, Ballysheehan, Moyglare, Airlie and Derrinstown Studs.
She is a graduate of University College Dublin, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in 1988 and MSc in Business (Leadership and Management) in 2019. Clodagh is a Step II MBTI Practitioner. Clodagh jointly founded the Women’s Irish Network for Racing (WiNR) and she is a board member of the Irish National Stud.
Martin began working with Godolphin Flying Start in February 2014. Alongside the programme’s Executive Director Clodagh Kavanagh, he helps to deal with the day to day running of the course from Kildangan Stud His roles include overseeing the practical horse skills module, website maintenance, administration, education technology, marketing & PR for the programme.
Martin got involved with horses from a young age working at Paul & Tom Monaghan’s Cottage Stud in County Kildare. The Cottage Stud were the breeders of dual international stakes winner Ezzoud and Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip to Paris. It is there he gained his experience in the thoroughbred industry and also where Martin’s love of horses began. He is driven by horse racing and breeding and follows all race meetings at home and abroad and when time allows he gets to as many race meetings as he can.
Martin is a graduate of Maynooth University, obtaining his Honours Degree in Computer Science & Geography.
Martina Dempsey joined the Godolphin Flying Start team in October 2021 as Ireland Coordinator.
Martina grew up near the Curragh in Co. Kildare and was involved with horses from a young age. She has worked for racehorse trainers on the Curragh and in Australia. Prior to joining Godolphin Flying Start, Martina was an Equine Lecturer at the College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) and Kildalton College. She has pursued her career in education within the Irish Thoroughbred industry. Martina has a Master’s Degree in Applied Equine Science (UCD) and a Degree in Equine Management (CAFRE).
Bethan started her role as Godolphin Flying Start UK Coordinator in 2013 combing this new position with her existing role as Management Assistant in the nominations department at Dalham Hall Stud. Bethan is responsible for all aspects of the trainees’ stay whilst they are based in Newmarket on their UK phase of the programme, including arranging practical rotations at The British Racing School, Darley’s pre-training facility at Hamilton Hill and also the main office at Dalham Hall Stud in addition to organising lectures and visits with industry professionals.
Prior to joining Darley Bethan worked at Tattersalls, Newmarket in the bloodstock department for 5 years. She completed the British Horseracing Board’s Graduate Development Programme after graduating with an MA (Honours) degree in Mediaeval History and German from St Andrew’s University, Scotland in 2000.
Hallie grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, where she developed a passion for horses at an early age. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Equine Science and Management, Hallie went to work as a Brand Ambassador for The Jockey Club on a fan initiative called America’s Best Racing. As a Brand Ambassador she was fortunate to travel to all the major US racing jurisdictions and promote the sport. Following a year with ABR, Hallie traveled overseas for two years first as a student in the Irish National Stud Breeding Course and then as a Godolphin Flying Start trainee.
After completing Flying Start in 2016, Hallie worked for Godolphin’s marketing department on the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards before spending a winter working for trainer Graham Motion. In 2017, she was hired by WinStar Farm as their client relations liaison. In 2018, Hallie came back to Godolphin where she also works for the nomination and marketing team.
Tayla commenced working with Godolphin Australia, based at Kelvinside Stud in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, in July, 2017. She accepted the Australian Flying Start Coordinator position in 2018 and added it to her existing responsibilities as the Community & Industry Program Officer . She is responsible for organising and coordinating the course facilities and itinerary as well as liaising with the trainees throughout their Australian phase from August to December each year.
Prior to joining Godolphin Tayla completed a Bachelor Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of New England. She is passionate about the horse industry and has competed in Hacking and Dressage from a young age. She worked hands on in the thoroughbred industry from the age of 16 at Vinery Stud assisting with yearling preparations and attending a number of sales in both Australia and New Zealand.
Claire was appointed as Dubai coordinator in 2019. Originally from the UK, she moved to Dubai 13 years ago. Her first position was working as secretary for leading trainer Satish Seemar at Zabeel Racing Stables. After 6 years and the opportunity to try her hand at something new, she moved to the Dubai Racing Channel producing and reporting on horseracing and various equestrian events throughout the UAE.
In 2016, a position opened up with Team Z7, an International Sport Horse stable. Claire has been with Team Z7 as Assistant Manager ever since, and whilst enjoying riding out daily she primarily plays an administrative role. Claire has been involved with horses from a very early age and is passionate about all things equestrian, aside from Horse Racing her main interests include International Show Jumping and Polo. She also has a keen interest in travel when time allows.
Claire has a BA (Hons) Business Degree gained from the University of The West of England.