Molly, a Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations (TBSO) student, explains how Writtle University College's popular course has supported her first steps towards a career in the industry.
Molly, who has had a horse or pony of her own since the age of eight, decided that the University College was the ideal place to learn about working on a professional stud.
"The prospect of being involved within the racing industry has always intrigued/excited me and when I was lucky enough to be offered a Scholarship with Shadwell Stud, Writtle was the choice for an industry specific course," said Molly.
Writtle is currently the only university in the UK to have a purpose-built stud on campus and TBSO students use the state-of-the-art facilities to gain hands-on skills and work with broodmares, foals, stallions and young stock.
Molly said: "My time on the stud has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of the course! The stud staff have been extremely helpful and have always made time to offer support or guidance on tasks I hadn't had previous experience of."
Molly gained a combination of practical skills and expert knowledge. As a TBSO student, she also looked forward to the opportunity to undertake a placement. As the recipient of one of Shadwell Stud's generous scholarships, Molly was offered work experience at the organisation's Thetford branch, The Nunnery Stud.
Since its construction in 1987, The Nunnery Stud has been home to some of the world's greatest racehorses and most influential stallions. It has been known for famous residents such as Green Desert, recognised to be one of the most influential sires of modern times.
Molly felt the education she gained at Writtle, would put her in a good position to work in this prestigious location. "I have learnt many new key skills and now have an excellent foundation for my placement at Shadwell Stud. I have also grown as a person. I enjoyed just getting stuck-in and being hands on, whether that be in stud work / dissection or practical assessments."
"I don't think I'd ever have been able to experience some of the practical work I've carried out, without coming to Writtle University College and learning on the Stud."
"Lordship Stud has helped me understand the requirements of working to 'industry standard' and the practical nature of the work has helped me to adjust to the fast pace required. Working with a variety of horses, from foals to stallions, has prepared me for the variety of equines at Shadwell too!"
"I feel very privileged to have been awarded this opportunity, it means the world to me and I hope that I make both Writtle and Shadwell proud!"
For more information on Writtle University College's Certificate of Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations visit https://writtle.ac.uk/Certificate-of-Higher-Education-in-Thoroughbred-Stud-Operations