USA Conference 2018
The USA conference was entitled “Future-Proofing Our Industry”. The proceedings began with a welcome from Godolphin America Chief Operating Officer Dan Pride before passing to the MC for the evening, Godolphin Flying Start alum Kelsey Riley. She outlined how the evenings proceedings would unfold with the trainees split into three teams tackling three key problem areas. Each team had to conduct a minimum of 12 interviews with millennials working both in and outside of the thoroughbred industry to gain their perspectives on the problems. The three key areas the trainees focussed on were; Declining betting handle, Labour force issues and Declining fanbase.
From their research and interviews the trainees identified industry participants who collectively could implement the changes suggested by the trainees. Following their presentations, the teams held an interactive discussion session with audience gaining feedback on their ideas and from this each team pitched their best idea to the audience with a show of hands used to determine the most implementable suggestion from the evening which was ‘Jockey Vlogs’.
On behalf of Godolphin Flying Start management Martin Larkin closed the conference. He described the trainees as bright and passionate and commended them for their ideas, many of which could be feasibly implemented with collective power. He thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his vision and commitment to training our industry’s future leaders and thanked the American thoroughbred industry for their continued support of the program during the seven months duration there.
Ireland Conference 2017
The first years Irish Conference was opened by Clodagh Kavanagh welcoming the guests and giving an overview of Godolphin Flying Start and purpose of the conference. She emphasised the different skills involved in the assignment which incorporated the trainee’s knowledge, research skills, experience of the thoroughbred industry, a strong element of teamwork and the ability to engage their audience. The trainees produced a 60-minute presentation on their ideas for ‘Fresh Perspectives on Thoroughbred Auctions’. Guests in attendance included Pat Keogh, John Oxx, Michael Halford, Meta Osborne MRCVS, Dermot Cantillon, Cathal Beale, Jack Davison, Ian Thompson, Richard Pugh, Simon Kerins, Gerry Duffy, Jimmy Hyland, Alayna Cullen, Shane Doyle, Con Marnane, Don Collins MRCVS, Amy Lynam and several University Racing Society committee members