Residential Courses

The National Stud team runs two annual residential courses both tailored to provide students with the industry knowledge and practical training required for a successful career in their chosen field.

The accessibility of the Education programme is ensured by the generous funding of our industry partners - the Horserace Betting Levy Board, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Racing Foundation.

Additional support via the Wavertree Education Trust from the Alborada Trust, Gerald Leigh Trust, EB Moller Charitable Trust, the John Pearce Foundation, Tattersalls, Watership Down Stud and the Tim Dunlop Memorial Trust enables us to provide our courses at a minimal cost to students.

The National Stud team provide ongoing career support for students past and present. Graduates of both courses are working in all corners of the globe and placed in leading UK studs such as Whitsbury Manor, Cheveley Park, Newsells Park and Juddmonte Farms etc.

Residential Courses

The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice & Management

Course dates: January - June

The National Stud Diploma is a comprehensive introduction to a career in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry. Students work alongside stud staff during the breeding season to hone their practical skills and gain a fuller understanding of all areas of stud work. Regular evening lectures cover everything from veterinary practice and stallion selection to marketing and the business elements of stud management. The National Stud Diploma is recognised worldwide throughout the bloodstock industry. Students benefit from our international connections and have regular mentoring sessions to help guide them in the next steps in their career. In addition to the Diploma students also graduate with a Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice accredited by 1st 4 Sport.

<p>The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice & Management</p>

Entry to Stud Employment Programme

Level One Diploma in Work Based Thoroughbred Care

Tailored for those with no practical experience with horses.

Course dates: 29 July - 1 October

6 week training programme with students working towards a Level One Diploma in Work-Based Thoroughbred Horse Care. Training phase followed by 3 weeks work experience at The National Stud or placement stud farm.

This course is fully funded by the TBA and the Racing Foundation.

<p>Level One Diploma in Work Based Thoroughbred Care</p>

Level Two Diploma in Work Based Horse Care (Breeding Option)

Tailored for those with some experience of working with horses.

Course dates: 2021 Course dates 18 October – 17 December

9 week training programme with students working towards a Level Two Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care (Breeding Option). Those who meet the required standards during their training will be invited to interview with a UK stud farm, and complete their qualification in the workplace. Other qualifications gained are a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and a Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses on Short Journeys.

This course is fully funded by the TBA and the Racing Foundation.

<p>Level Two Diploma in Work Based Horse Care (Breeding Option) </p>

Other courses available

Read our students' blog

“The National Stud E2SE course gave me the basic grounding to succeed in the Thoroughbred breeding industry. For anyone that is contemplating applying do it.”

Chris Daffin

2019 E2SE Graduate

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