15 November 2016
Starting with basic stud work like cleaning boxes, and leading and grooming horses, we have been gradually exposed to all aspects of caring for breeding stock, including farrier work, vaccination, transport, pregnancy diagnosis tests and many more. As time goes by, we build up not only our professional knowledge, but also establish relationships between ourselves and these lovely horses.
Early to bed and early to rise, physical activity and close to nature are now gradually becoming a habit, even if not so long ago, they were a long way from our lifestyle.
Apart from daily work on the stud, various visits were also scheduled to some famous breeding organisations such as the beautiful Cheveley Park Stud, Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Stud and the British Horseracing Authority’s National Stud. ‘Discover Newmarket’ took us to various trainers’ yards. The maturity and experience of the British thoroughbred industry has inspired us a lot.
If we describe our farm life as the “tranquil” part, then horse races during the weekend are the “dynamic” part. From the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, to the Dubai Future Champions Festival and winding up with the incredible British Champions Day held at Ascot, we witnessed many remarkable horses during the races. We were so proud that Godolphin was crowned British Champion Owner by Her Majesty The Queen on British Champions Day.
Other than the races, we were lucky enough to participate in the most important and significant horse auction in Europe – Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, which was held in Newmarket. We enjoyed discussing the pedigree and conformation of the horses, seeing if the final auction price was close the price we estimated and being surprised by the great football player Michael Owen standing next to us. In addition, we deepened our understanding of the operation of different departments and their strategic plans behind the races through our visit to Newmarket racecourse.
Apart from horses, we have had lots of British cultural experiences. We attended a Leadership Talk given by Sir Clive Woodward, the legendary coach of England Rugby Team, in Churchill College, University of Cambridge.
On 3 November, Her Majesty The Queen visited our town, Newmarket, which is the Home of Horseracing, to unveil her own statue and officially open the new National Horseracing Museum. It caused a stir in this small town and thousands of people welcomed the Queen warmly on both sides of the street. All of us excitedly joined the crowed, waving the British flag and enjoying seeing the Queen up-close very much.