Intern's blog

A Rewarding Trip to the Racing Post

Residing on the 23rd floor of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, with its 200-odd employees, the Racing Post was established in April 1986 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and it soon became a leading nationwide newspaper specialised in horseracing. Its first issue on 15th April made this newspaper the first one to have a colourful cover.

Let’s “Spring” It On

When the temperature teeters around zero, the spring snow whitens the Bluegrass state again and the breeding season is upon us in Lexington. Breeding and foaling, the two most important operations for any thoroughbred horse farm, bring a busy March to Jonabell Farm, Darley in America’s headquarters.

Our First Taste of Riding

We have now been in Australia for nearly 6 months. Although we usually assist with the day-to-day care of broodmares, foals and yearlings, we also had our first horse riding lesson offered by our stud manager, Barley Ward-Thomas, last Wednesday.

A chance to see the top stallions shine

During February, we were lucky enough to see many of the top Japanese stallions paraded at their studs which included Shadai Stallion Station, Arrow Stud, Lex Stud and of course, Darley.

Working in the yearling barn

Team Australia has transferred location from Woodlands to Kelvinside this semester, which are both horse facilities of Darley Australia.

The arrival of the new foals

4:00a.m., in Darley USA Jonabell Farm foaling barn in the chilly winter in Kentucky. Late at night is the most difficult period of time for people during night watch duty but also the most important time for the mares in need of care.

Inglis Classic Sale

After the breeding season, come the auctions. It was a great honour for us to attend the Inglis Classic Sale. We involved in the sale not just by sitting in the sales ring, but also being the coordinator and interpreter for the support of the Chinese clients.