Whoever invented the idea of scholarships – I love you! Money is often a problem for many and although we have huge dreams, it’s very easy to get pulled up quickly by the reality of funds.
I only know of a few scholarships in relation to horses, so if you know about others, feel free to let me know the name, country, provide a link or anything you can about further possibilities for others.
While I was studying at the Irish National Stud, there were three students there the same year, all on scholarships. Two were from Australia, one having completed the Diploma of Horse Studies in Wangaratta at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, now the National Centre for Equine Education who received a scholarship which covered course fees, airfares, insurance (at least $6,000 worth). The second received a scholarship from having worked in the Thoroughbred industry up in the Hunter Valley.
The third on a scholarship was a Kiwi girl who had also received hers through the Thoroughbred industry, in New Zealand.
Marcus Oldham College has a 12 month course focused on Horse Business Management, being Thoroughbred racing or Equestrian based. The course in itself is around $22,000 with a couple of scholarships on offer covering almost half of this cost. They take in around 20 students a year and accomodation is provided.
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE also provide a Diploma of Horse Studies (Breeding) and at the end of the two years offer scholarships to Cambridge stud for 3 months work, valued at $2,500, one to Coolmore Stud in Ireland for 3 months and the other to Ashford Stud in America for 3 months.
Darley Flying Start doesn’t offer a scholarship as such, but the whole course is provided for by Darley. This course requires students have a particular goal in mind in the Thoroughbred industry and interview processes need to be passed to be accepted into the course.
Scholarships through NCEE:
http://www.ncee.edu.au/scholarships/scholarships.cfm – One student a year wins the scholarship to the Irish National Stud. If you’re currently doing your Certificate II in Equine Industry as part of your VCE, you can apply for a scholarship to the Diploma course in Wangaratta.
Scholarships through New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association:
http://www.nzthoroughbred.co.nz/Services/Scholarships.aspx – There are scholarships offered to both the English and Irish National Stud and an International Management Scholarship.
Marcus Oldham Scholarships:
“The horse stopped with a jerk, and the jerk fell off.” – Jim Culleton