George Connolly

I am 24 years old and am from County Carlow in Ireland. I recently graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Obtaining a place on Godolphin Flying Start was a long-term goal of mine and reflects a lot of hard work and dedication. I have been fortunate to grow up on a public stud farm and to have worked under the guidance of some great mentors, including Jim Bolger, Nicolas Clément, John O’Connor of Ballylinch Stud and Pat Costello of Paramount Sales. I also had the interesting experience of riding as an amateur jockey in both Ireland and the USA. I am really looking forward to having the privilege to travel, meet and learn from inspiring industry leaders and to further develop my leadership and horsemanship skills. I have no doubt that the skills I gain and the people I meet during the course will stand to me throughout the rest of my career, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.