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Education & Scholarships

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is offering a Primary Ito Thoroughbred Breeding course for Studs in the South Island, following on from the Positive feedback they have had with the Courses they currently run up North. The Course which is a level 3 and 4 NZQA Equine Breeding Qualification is specifically designed around the needs of the industry. It provides hard working staff with the knowledge and opportunity to up skill themselves, while gaining a qualification on job. With quite a few unit standards built around Health and Safety in the workplace, it is an easy way to ensure staff are competent and up to speed with the current legislation. With the Breeding season upon us, there is no better time to start! This Course is available for a cost of $295 per Level. If you would like any further information on this course, please contact the NZTR South Island Education Officer Amy Johnson on 027-5615787

Gateway Programme

The Gateway programme strengthens pathways for students from school to further education and training or employment. Senior secondary students (Year 11 to Year 13+) in the Gateway programme undertake structured workplace learning across a range of industries and businesses around New Zealand, while continuing to study at school. All state and Integrated secondary schools are eligible to apply for Gateway.

There is no cost to students, who also have the opportunity to gain equine unit standards and have these credited against their NECA.. For more information contact your careers advisor at your school or if you need more help contact our branch.

<< HRNZ Gateway Brochure >>


Work Experience

There are plenty of studs and racing stables in the South Island who will only too happy to offer work experience to young people who are confident around horses, keen (not worried about working any type of weather and in some cases early starts) and conscientious.

If you would like the opportunity gaining work experience and not sure who to approach please do not hesitate in contacting our branch.

Below are links to websites which can help with young people's goals to continue education within the Equine Industry.

NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Scholarships

The NZTBA is offering two Scholarships to young New Zealanders seeking to develop their professional skills with high-level industry expertise they can apply to their careers after they return home. 


Since 2006 each year the K.I. A. Taylor Charitable Trust, associated with the Taylor family, owners of Trelawney Stud, Cambridge, has generously funded a Scholarship for a person to attend the Irish National Stud Diploma Course.  The scholarship is known as the Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship provides the successful candidate with:

Five months at the Irish National Stud, beginning in late-January, . The Scholarship covers: 

- Return economy airfare
- Fees for the National Stud Diploma course
- Accommodation
- Cash advance for personal expenses 

The Scholarship is open to any person aged 25 or under (as at 31 December in the year of application) who is interested in furthering their career in the thoroughbred breeding industry. Ideally, the successful applicant will have previous work experience on a thoroughbred stud in New Zealand.  Conditions apply.  Click here to learn more about the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.



The NZTBA International Management Scholarship is funded by the Sunline Education Trust, launched at the 2002 NZTBA Auckland dinner to honour New Zealand’s champion racemare. Several New Zealand stud farms generously donated stallion services for auction, and the proceeds established a fund now administered by the Trust.

The Scholarship aims to identify existing and potential managers within the New Zealand thoroughbred industry, offer them an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience, and highlight the diverse career options available within the international bloodstock business.

Applicants require a good general knowledge of the thoroughbred industry, and experience in the management and handling of horses of all ages. This bonded, all-expenses paid scholarship is suitable for those wishing to develop a long-term career within the New Zealand thoroughbred industry.


Nicola Griffiths
NZTBA Scholarships Administrator
PO Box 1058
Cambridge 3450

Past South Island Winners of the NZTBA Scholarships

2016 Irish National Stud - Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship Hannah Mee


Sunline Trust Management Scholarship

Robert Dennis


Irish National Stud - Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship

Jock Harris


Sunline Trust Management Scholarship

Jamie Richards


Irish National Stud- Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship

Georgina Bolton


Irish National Stud - Keith Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Richards


Sunline Trust Management Scholarship

Bruce Slade


Irish National Stud

Anna Miles


English National Stud

Shannone Murphy



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