Intern's blog

Run for the Roses

The Kentucky Derby, one of the most important thoroughbred races in United States, was attended by no fewer than 170,000 people on May, 2nd, 2015.

The 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas in Newmarket

As the first of the British Classic races, there is no doubt that the 2000 and 1000 Guineas are very interesting to watch. The 2000 Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race that is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies while the 1000 Guineas is open to three-year-old fillies only.

A visit to the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

On 20th April, Teams Ireland and UK left Newmarket for Northern Ireland to further study the equestrian industry in the area. On our arrival at the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) at Enniskillen Campus, we received a warm welcome from the school management team and students, followed by a tour of the campus. Later that afternoon, the whole team went on a tour to the famous Marble Arch Caves.

Amazing visits tinged a lovely pink

Last week we flew down to Kansai, where we visited both Osaka and Kyoto to see training centers, racecourses and beautiful castles and shrines. Japanese treasure the seasonal cherry blossoms, and luckily for us, they accompanied us for the whole trip and tinted our memories a lovely pink which won’t ever be forgotten.

A trip to the UK and Darley’s Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre

On 10th April, Team Ireland landed at London Stansted Airport and met Team UK in at Darley’s headquarters in Newmarket. During the following week, we attended numerous visits, from the exciting Grand National at Aintree (in the North West of the UK) to famous Royal Stud at Sandringham. We were able to appreciate the both the racing and breeding elements of the thoroughbred industry.

We all Love the Night Watch!

During my last night watch experience, I was ‘unlucky’ because I didn’t see any foaling for the week. However, fortunately, I was given another chance this week and saw lots of births during the night! I really enjoyed the unique experience as I not only obtained a lot of new knowledge, but I also had a lot of fun!

Spring is coming, the breeding season is here

After the March snow, Lexington finally welcomed some warm weather. The scent of spring is everywhere in the air. With the breeding season in full flow, a few overdue mares seem to be more prepared to be a mom.