5 June 2015
It is common sense that “vehicles should give way to pedestrians” in the UK. While in Newmarket, a town crowned “the Home of Horseracing”, the local common sense is “both vehicles and pedestrians need to give way to horses”.
During our internship, we studied from foaling, cleaning the stable to witnessing training, auctions and watching races. Beginning with bewilderment to proficiency, it is easy to say it now but none of this could be done without out effort and the programme’s assistance. Because this is the programme which is concerned about you, teaches you and pushes you to always learn something new.
All DITI interns gathered together in December to visit Dubai for three weeks and tried to understand how Dubai emerged from a fishing village to the most shining star in Middle East only in decades. In addition, the UK interns also had the chance to visit Ireland and Northern Ireland, each for a week, to study local thoroughbred industry and of course, to have fun there.
Regarding races, we watched two of Five Classics—2000 Guineas Stakes and 1000 Guineas Stakes, and also Grand National, top 10 most viewed sports events in any given year, in Aintree Racecourse. Jockeys wave their whips, while audience scream and cheer at the top of their lungs—a living proof that this is the second most popular sport in the UK, right after football.
In these ten months, our horizons are widened.
You will find life is like a foal learning to stand up and walk. Sometimes you fall, and yet you will get up in next moment, if not this moment.
You will find a large number of people are in a career of which you never heard in another corner of the globe, for generations.
You will find this world is filled with endless possibilities, be it this door, that window or next corner, which will all turn into experience and some into immense fortune.
If one was required to summarise the experience of UK interns in one phrase, that would be “A Trip Worth Taking”.