The Darley International Student Programme is proud to announce the latest intake of trainees for the two-year Godolphin Flying Start scholarship. The group for 2013 – 2015 is comprised of 12 individuals from seven different countries.

 The Darley International Student Programme provides this outstanding scholarship for trainees to learn and experience management operations and leadership in the global thoroughbred industry. Selected trainees are typically in their late twenties with a university degree and two or three years’ work experience in the industry. A strong work ethic and excellent communication skills are essential. Graduates of the programme are running their own enterprises or working for thoroughbred industry leaders throughout Europe, in the USA, Canada, South America, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Career areas include media, racing, breeding, bloodstock, sales, consultancy, veterinary and marketing.

Clodagh Kavanagh, Darley International Student Programme manager, said, “In celebrating the 10th year of Godolphin Flying Start I am delighted to welcome our first candidate from Finland, Laura Vänskä, who is currently employed with Francis Graffard in Chantilly. The trainees commencing the course in August are the first to be offered the Graduate Certificate in Management (Thoroughbred Industry) accredited by the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School as well as the Godolphin Flying Start Diploma.”

The 2013 trainees are:

  • Kathryn Barr (Australia)
  • Amanda Bossom (UK)
  • Jack Bruce (New Zealand)
  • Miguel Clement (USA)
  • Daniel Filtness (UK)
  • Sarah Holmes (USA)
  • Melissa Jordan (UK)
  • Tam Man Hei (Hong Kong)
  • Brittlan Wall (USA)
  • Caroline Walsh (Ireland)
  • David Walsh (Ireland)
  • Laura Vänskä (Finland)

The 12 individuals will commence their training at Kildangan Stud in Ireland on the 19th of August 2013.