2017 Sunline Scholarship Winners

Lance Forbes

Lance Forbes
The NZTBA Sunline Scholarship recipients have been announced for 2017 with the International Management Scholarship going to Lance Forbes, and the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship to the Irish National Stud to Cameron Ring.

At 21, Lance Forbes is one of the youngest recipients of the Sunline International Management Scholarship but he demonstrates the skills and attributes needed to fulfil the role. He is currently the Yearling Manager at Cambridge Stud, where from the age of 14 he has spent working all his school holidays.

On leaving school Lance went to work at Ascot Farm assisting with the preparation of yearlings and two and three-year-olds for sale. He has travelled to Hong Kong with the Ascot Farm horses, and has also done stints working with yearlings for Arrowfield Stud in Scone. He is experienced in all aspects of stud work.

Prior to joining Cambridge Stud as their yearling manager this season Lance was working at Kiltannon Stables in Cambridge for his brother Mark. His duties included breaking and pre-training, riding track work and race day strapping, as well as preparing horses for the Ready To Run sales.

He is the third member of his family to furnish a career in the thoroughbred industry, which isn't surprising given he descends from a family steeped in racing history. His father Graeme was a trainer in Cambridge when Lance was growing up, but now works for the Inner Mongolian Rider Horse Industry, while his mother Sheryl (nee Tims) a former accomplished equestrian has worked with yearlings for many years.

Lance will head to Cheveley Park in Newmarket for the first stage of his scholarship in February following the Karaka yearling sales. From there he will go to Coolmore Stud in Ireland, before heading to Taylor Made in Kentucky.

Cameron Ring

Cameron Ring
The second scholarship winner Cameron Ring leaves to begin his course at the Irish National Stud in the last week of January.

Cameron is 22 and grew up and went to school in Matamata. He is currently working at Waikato Stud. He inherited his interest in thoroughbreds from his grandfather Bill Ring who was president of the Matamata Racing Club, while his great grandfather Calvin Ring was a stalwart of the industry. At the age of 15 Cameron started working after school at Hinuera Lodge for Vanessa and Wayne Hillis and gained the skills necessary to work in a racing stable and take horses to the races.

On leaving school he studied at Lincoln University on a Future Leaders Scholarship where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in rural valuation. While at university he decided he would explore the breeding side of the industry and spent his holidays working at Waikato Stud.

Once he had completed his studies he took up a full-time role at the stud, learning all aspects of the extensive operation that is Waikato Stud, and heads to Ireland skilled in breeding, foaling, weaning, preparing yearlings and breaking in.

The Irish National Stud scholarship is kindly sponsored by the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship, and on returning to New Zealand next spring, Cameron will be employed at the Taylor's Trelawney Stud for six months.


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