“I’m really looking forward to some of the first foals I looked after appearing on the racecourse”
Gilly Knight – Stud Groom
I get into work early to meet with the vet and the morning is spent bringing mares through the stocks for scanning and later covering those mares that are ready. Afterwards we make sure the yard is all organised, turn all the barren mares out together and lead the foals out to field.
I also organise lists for the farriers, help with the worming and medication, check the next days’ scanning list of mares and make sure any that are leaving us do so in the right horsebox.
I did Equine Studies at university before going to Jersey to work with racehorses, and this started me off down the thoroughbred route. After a stint on a Welsh Pony Stud, I was convinced that I wanted to go back to working with thoroughbreds, so when the job came up I knew it would be a great opportunity to combine my passion for horses with stud work.
I love taking care of the foals and seeing them progress. I’m really looking forward to 2017 when some of the first foals I looked after will start to appear on the racecourse.
The other part that I really enjoy is handling the stallions. We have six here on the stud and we’re very proud of them, so to work around them is a real pleasure.
In order to do this job you need to be able prioritise your day and, most importantly, enjoy working in a team. The job requires a lot of commitment, passion and a willingness to take on a variety of tasks, so it’s certainly never boring.
Becoming a Stud Groom
A Stud Groom is often the first job in the breeding industry for young people after leaving education. The Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care (Breeding Option) will teach you the skills required to care for mares, foals and also wider stud work. The Apprenticeship course involves a 9 week residential training course at The National Stud, followed by a work placement at a Stud Farm. The course runs once a year, starting in October.
Search for Stud Groom jobs on the Job Board, or if you’re looking to advance your career in the breeding industry find out more about The National Stud Diploma Course.