I’ve been flicking through a manilla folder I’ve got with numerous sheets on possible horse courses, careers, job possibilities and holiday ideas and stumbled across my Darley Flying Start application form.
I’ve long since realised that the course isn’t for me as I am not Thoroughbred industry focused, but for anyone who’s dream is to work in this industry (training, breeding, riding, racing, whatever) I encourage you to take a look at the Flying Start course. It is a relatively new course but very popular as it runs over two years and covers the likes of stud management, horsemanship, veterinary topics, nutrition, farriery, pedigree analysis, management, information technology, legal topics, insurance, marketing and advertising, the horse business, enterprise development and first aid.
Visits are made to studs, training yards, sales complexes, racecourses, veterinary hospitals and research facilities. The course itself is held in peak racing countries and the students travel from Ireland to England to the US to Australia and Dubai over the two years.
Applications include an up to date resume, three references and a cover letter outlining your career ambitions/why you should be chosen. If you are one lucky enough to be picked for an interview and make it through this process, look forward to having your education in the industry funded for you! What could be more appealing?
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucious