Equine Study Tour to Newmarket
A group of 23 students studying towards the Extended Diploma in Horse Management (year 2) recently enjoyed a study tour to Newmarket.
It was a busy 2 days, on arrival the students headed straight to Tattersalls, the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe. Tattersalls is an international firm offering 10,000 thoroughbred horses each year, at 15 sales at either its Newmarket. headquarters, or at Fairyhouse outside Dublin, in Ireland. The students got to see the sale ring and were given a guided tour of the different stabling areas. There were about 800 stables in total.
The students were then taken to Rossdales Veterinary Practice, an internationally renowned equine veterinary practice, providing first opinion, emergency, referral and laboratory services. They were able to tour the Equine Hospital and Diagnostics Centre and learned about the techniques used there, including the MRI Scanner, CT Scanner, X Ray Machines and Bone Scanner. They also viewed the two operating theatres, one dedicated for orthopaedic surgery, the anaesthetic boxes, examination hall with stocks and examination rooms.
Day two started with a trip to the Newmarket Gallops, to watch flat racers training, then onto to a racing yard for a behind the scenes view, where the students got to meet the horses and spoke with the trainers. Next was a trip to the National Horseracing Museum. Finally the National Stud, a working commercial stud farm, introducing the students to the history and purpose of The National Stud as a commercial Thoroughbred breeding operation. Whilst at the Stud the students also got to meet the Stallions Bohamian Bounty and Pastoral Pursuits.
This study trip was a full packed 2 days, providing the students with a good insight into a variety of aspects of the Equine Industry.