Entry to Stud Employment Programme(Breeding)

If you want to work with racehorses but don’t necessarily want to ride, a career in the Breeding Industry might be for you.

You will be responsible for the health and well-being of mares, foals, yearlings and stallions. No previous experience of working with horses of any type is required, the work is varied from handling mares and foals to mucking out, grooming and exercising in hand. As you become more experienced, you may also get to assist with coverings (the term for the mating process), sit up to help with foaling and attend international horse sales.

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s Entry to Stud Employment Programme is delivered by  The National Stud in Newmarket and provides access to training for a stud industry career for applicants unable to qualify for Government funding; or who lack practical experience to apply for a job in the industry. You must be at least 18 years old in order to apply, there is no upper age limit.  If you are under 18 please contact the National Stud to discuss other opportunities available.

The Programme consists of an unpaid 9 week residential period of training at the National Stud from October to December and is fully funded by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA). Trainees will be provided with full board and accommodation for the duration. If the initial training is successfully completed the trainee will be put forward for an interview with a UK stud farm to start a minimum 6-9 month PAID work placement to gain qualifications and experience. During this period you will complete a Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Racehorse Care – Breeding Option.


After completing the Entry to Stud Employment Programme, many students remain in employment and progress to the National Stud’s Diploma in Stud Practice and Management.

To apply, download the application form from the National Stud website or for more information, please contact students@nationalstud.co.uk or call 01638 663464.

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