24 year old Alayna Cullen comes from Ballymore Eustace in County Kildare, Ireland. Alayna graduated from University College Dublin in 2015 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Before commencing the Godolphin Flying Start program, Alayna worked with breeding stock on her family farm and as a presenter with Irish Horse TV. Alayna completed her 6 week USA work placement with the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) and her Australian work placement with Matt Cumani Racing. Alayna will complete her Dubai work placement with Dubai Racing Channel and Godolphin Al Quoz Stables before returning to Ireland on April 3rd to complete the final phase of programme and will graduate on June 30th 2017.
“When I reflect upon my time with Godolphin Flying Start I am absolutely astounded as to how much I have seen and learned in horse racing throughout the world. The experience has not only given me a greater appreciation for the sport but it has developed and nurtured a skill set I didn’t even know I could possess. My knowledge of the industry has increased immensely but I have also learned about my leadership style, awareness of all aspects of running a business and personal growth. This course has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. While I still have a strong passion to pursue a career in racing media, I am also looking at other roles that combine racing and breeding knowledge with client relations.”