Equestrians graduate from Dubai's first horse-breeding course

Eight students trained in thoroughbred horsemanship
Equestrians graduate from Dubai's first horse-breeding course
Eight students graduated in equestrian studies from the new royal Godolphin Masar institute’s first course in Dubai, at a ceremony on Wednesday.
By Shoshana Kedem
Thu 26 Oct 2017 08:29 AM

Eight students graduated in equestrian studies from the new royal Godolphin Masar institute’s first course in Dubai, at a ceremony on Wednesday.

The nine-month academic training program, held at the Godolphin stables in Dubai, and in the UK and Ireland, taught young Emiratis a variety of academic and practical modules in horse training, racing and management.

The ceremony was attended by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, founder of Godolphin, named after Godolphin Arabian, one of the three founding stallions of the modern thoroughbred.

Joe Osborne, chief executive of Godolphin, said they were inundated with applicants for the course, reflecting that a passion for horse-racing was in Dubai’s DNA.


Joe Osborne, chief executive of Godolphin,

“Those selected experienced every aspect of horseracing and breeding in the UAE and in Europe, preparing them for a future in the most exciting and demanding of businesses,” Osborne said.

“The focus of this afternoon is very much about celebrating the sport of thoroughbred racing, and the achievements of the inaugural graduates of the Masar Godolphin programme.”

Founded in February 2017, Masar Godolphin offers graduates from the course lifetime membership of Club Godolphin and the opportunity to apply to work at the Godolphin Stables in the UK, Australia and Dubai.

The next course starting in January 2018 includes riding lessons at the British Racing School in the UK, with most of the course spent embedded in Godolphin’s fast-paced UK operation, where trainees will gain insight into best practices in the breeding and training and managing thoroughbred race-horses.

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