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Meet the Team

Course Manager

Clodagh Kavanagh

Clodagh Kavanagh became Godolphin International Thoroughbred Leadership Programme General Manager 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 centres around maintaining the standard and relevance of the syllabus as well as coaching and mentoring the trainees. She manages the recruitment and marketing of the programme and guides a team of coordinators who implement the program locally.

Previously General Manager of the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare, Clodagh also worked as 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.

Clodagh is a graduate of University College Dublin, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. She has a Diploma in Leadership and is an MBTI practitioner.



Management Assistant

Martin Larkin

Martin began working with Godolphin Flying Start in February 2014. Alongside the programme’s General Manager Clodagh Kavanagh, he helps to deal with the day to day running of the course from our Kildangan Stud base in Ireland. 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. 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 as meetings as he can.

Martin is a graduate of Maynooth University, obtaining his Honours Degree in Computer Science & Geography.


UK Coordinator

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Bethan Byrne

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.

USA Coordinator

Kate Hardy

Kate Hardy has worked at Godolphin since 2012 and added the USA Flying Start Coordinator position to her role in 2017. She splits her time between the Darley Sales team and the USA Flying Start Coordinator at Jonabell farm in Lexington, Kentucky.  Kate will be responsible for managing the trainees’ time in Kentucky as they navigate their six-month stay.

Kate completed the Godolphin Flying Start program in 2012 after graduating from the University of Kentucky’s Equine Management Program. She has been passionate about the horse industry from an early age, riding hunters and playing polo for the University of Kentucky. She started working in the thoroughbred industry while in college, getting her start at Fares Farm and Warrendale Sales.  Kate lives with her husband Michael Hardy (a fellow Godolphin Flying Start graduate) on Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky.

Australia Coordinator


Tayla Gilmore

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 Human Resource and Workplace Health and Safety administrator. 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.


Dubai Coordinator


Ghrainne Clancy

Ghrainne is from County Tipperary, in Ireland, Ghrainne started her career in horseracing as an apprentice jockey on The Curragh in County Kildare.

Following that she travelled for a number of years working in the thoroughbred industry including in Florida for well-known two year old in training consignor, Niall Brennan.

She has been based in Dubai for six months of the year since 2005 where she works as an exercise rider at Dubai Stables and as senior paddock steward for the Dubai Racing Club. Ghrainne will mainly be involved with liaison with Godolphin Flying Start trainees practical work placements including the Dubai Racing Club.