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Calling for applications for the NZTBA Sunline Trust Scholarships

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association is currently calling for applications for the NZTBA Sunline Trust Scholarships.

Two fantastic scholarships are up for grabs for young people wanting to further their experience and education in the thoroughbred industry.

The first is the International Management Scholarship where recipients of this scholarship spend 30 weeks experiencing the operational infrastructure and management systems at three of the world's premier farms; Cheveley Park Stud in England, Coolmore Stud in Ireland and Taylor Made in the United States. This scholarship is sponsored by the Sunline Education Trust.

Applicants for this scholarship should have an excellent general knowledge of the local thoroughbred industry, hands on experience with horses of all ages, and an interest in pursuing a career in management within the industry. A tertiary qualification would be a considerable advantage.

The second scholarship is to the Irish National Stud, to attend a five-month Diploma Course at that venue in Kildare. This scholarship is generously sponsored by the Keith and Faith Taylor Charitable Trust.

This scholarship is aimed at people under the age of 25, who have worked in the industry and wish to achieve a Diploma from this highly acclaimed establishment. New Zealand students have been attending this course for over 30 years, many achieving gold medals on the way.

The 2015 recipient of the Irish National Stud scholarship Dylan Treweek, son of Lyndhurst Farm proprietors Mark and Shelley Treweek, returned home with his Diploma a couple of weeks ago and is currently working at the Taylor family's Trelawney Stud.

His good mate Benji King son of Brighthill Farm's Nick and Annemarie King, was awarded the International Management Scholarship and he joins the likes of Bruce Slade (Round Table Racing), Shannon Taylor(Haunui Farm), Michael Wallace (Waterford Bloodstock), Libby Bleakley (Highden Park) and Jamie Richards (Te Akau Racing) to name just a few, who have benefited from the scholarship and made a name for themselves in the industry.

King is in the final weeks of his stint at Taylormade Farm in Kentucky and will return home to work at Brighthill Farm in a few weeks.

"The whole trip has been an amazing experience, to have been able to visit three great thoroughbred countries is an opportunity not to have missed," enthused King.

"It's been fantastic to visit and be involved for a few months at each of these famous farms, and in that time you really get to good feel of the place and the people involved in the day to day running of each operation. It gives you a huge opportunity to look at different ways of approaching day to day tasks of running stud farms and intense yearling preparation yards such as Taylor Made Farm where I am currently based.

"I have made so many good friends with the people I have met and worked with, and wonderful contacts with farms and people in all three countries; England, Ireland and America. It has also been a real eye opener to see the different ways things are done with horses around the world. Everyone is trying to achieve the same goal – Group 1 winners and to be the best they can be, and I've experienced and seen how this can be achieved in different ways.

"There have been so many highlights, it is quite hard to focus on just a few, but I really enjoyed visiting the late Green Desert in England and the 2000 Guineas race meeting in Newmarket. In Ireland I experienced the Guineas and Derby meetings on the Curragh, and also spending a couple of weeks with master trainer Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle, a once in a lifetime experience.

"In fact after the sales are finished in February, I would like to get involved with a trainer to expand my knowledge of the 'hands-on' side of training horses!

"The Scholarship has been a fantastic experience, lots of hard work and lots of fun! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sunline Scholarship Trust, New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, Michael Martin and everyone involved in making it such a 'once in a life time opportunity', and would encourage any young person to get on board and give it a go," he enthused.

Details about the scholarships are available on the NZTBA website and applications close on October 9, 2015.

- Michelle Saba


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