“There is no better feeling than being able to tell a client that their mare has delivered a healthy foal”
Amanda Black – Stud Secretary
The role of a Stud Secretary can vary greatly, depending on the size and scope of the stud farm, but communication with stud staff, clients, Weatherbys and suppliers is a huge part of the job.
I was lucky enough to complete the Graduate Development Programme in 2006, which opened my eyes to the wide range of jobs available within the horseracing industry. I also completed the Racing Secretary and Assistant Trainer courses at the British Racing School, to give me a good background knowledge to build on.
I started work at The National Stud in 2011, as a Night Foaling Attendant, before moving into the Stud Office, first as Stud Receptionist and then as Stud Secretary, from 2013 onwards.
I really enjoy following the progress of each horse and keeping our clients up to date with any news. There is no better feeling than being able to tell a client that their mare has delivered a healthy foal or is now in-foal after being covered and seeing mares come back to us each year as old friends.
If I had to give one piece of advice I would say be willing to start at the bottom, work hard, don’t give up and ask lots of questions!
Also, being computer literate, finding a way to get some experience working within a Stud or Racing Office and having some practical experience of working on a stud farm, can really help.
Becoming a Stud Secretary
The Stud Secretaries’ and Stud Administration Course has been developed for secretaries new to the Thoroughbred breeding industry or anyone wishing to work in the role. The course runs annually and is held at The National Stud in Newmarket. If you already have admin/secretarial experience search for Stud Secretary jobs on the Job Board.