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NZTBA announces Sunline International Management Scholarship winner

Robert Dennis, photographed at the Ready To Run Sale with The Oaks Stud draft.
Robert Dennis, photographed at the Ready To Run Sale with The Oaks Stud draft.

Robert Dennis (22) from Southland has won the 2014 Sunline International Management Scholarship. Robert, one of the next generation of the renowned Dennis Brothers, was brought up with thoroughbreds, working on the family farm for his father Tony. Robert has completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Business Management from Lincoln University. He combined his studies with working for Riccarton trainers Kevin and Pam Hughes, Peter Rudkin, and Mosgiel trainer Steve Anderton.

Robert's other interest include rugby where he has played, refereed and coached, captaining his school's team in 2007 and 2008.

"I have a keen passion for horses and thoroughbred racing and breeding and I plan to be in the industry for my lifetime," Robert said. "I look forward to making the most of this exciting scholarship. I thoroughly enjoy horses and racing and take this opportunity to thank the Sunline Trust, the NZTBA and also all of those people who have helped me get where I am today."

Robert will leave New Zealand in February 2014 to take up his scholarship, firstly in England at Cheveley Park Stud, then Coolmore in Ireland and finally at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, USA.

This scholarship is funded by the Sunline Education Trust which, since 2002, has sponsored scholarships for young New Zealanders to further their careers in the thoroughbred industry.

Last year the Sunline Trust received a welcome boost in funds with the auction of four generously donated stallion nominations at the NZTBA's Diamond Jubilee dinner held at Government House in Auckland to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 60 years on the throne. Her Majesty The Queen has been the NZTBA's Patron since opening the new office building at Ellerslie in 1990.

Irish National Stud scholarship

Jock Harris returned from the Irish National Stud in July after successfully completing the world-renowned Diploma course. Jock is now working at Trelawney Stud in Cambridge.

"This scholarship was everything I dreamed it would be. The lectures were amazing and the access to the top professionals across the industry was outstanding," enthused Jock.

The Sunline Trust will not be sending a student to the Irish National Stud in 2014.



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