Meet Dominic White past Equine Student Kildalton
“I always wanted to have a career which wasn’t heavily office based. I had a strong interest in horses and getting the Green Cert. The Stud Management course at Kildalton seemed ideal,” says Dominic. He completed the L6 Advanced Certificate in Equine Breeding - Stud Management at Kildalton College.
Level 5 course in Stud Management
Following his Leaving Cert, Dominic joined the Level 5 course in Stud Management at Teagasc Kildalton College in 2019. “Within several weeks of starting the course, we were out on placement two days a week. I was at the Charel Stud near Carrick-on-Suir, where I learned a huge amount from the staff and owner Vanessa Teehan-Rouzier.
“There are 54 stables with two sand turnout arenas, a covered horse walker, lunge ring and fully railed paddocks, so it is a first-class place to learn about all aspects of stud management.”
Level 6 Stud Management
Dominic progressed on to the Level 6 Stud Management course, where he says there was a good balance of classroom work and skill development.
“At Kildalton, we could do assessments on a range of topics including identifying ailments or Stud Management, managing a stud book or improving your skills at handling horses,” says Dominic. Even though Dominic had a lot of prior experience with horses, he says: “You’d know what to look out for a lot more after doing the course. Overall, I thought it was unbelievable and I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in horses who is willing to put the work in. The lecturers were always keen to help and my confidence grew as a result of completing it.”
Student of the Year Award
At the Student of the Year Awards 2021 Dominic received the Land based Enterprises Category Award.
Since graduating, Dominic works in partnership with his father Dominic senior, buying foals for National Hunt and selling them at three years old. The biggest part of their business is buying Connemara ponies across Ireland and selling them to a range of countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and the US.
You’re not only evaluating horses and working with buyers and sellers,” says Dominic. “You need to have excellent vets and transport professionals to make the business work. The Kildalton course really gives you a solid foundation for all of that.”
Course coordinator: Rosemary Gaffney
"There are two equine specialisms on offer at level 5 and Level 6 - Equitation (riding) and Stud Management. Students tend to have a mix of backgrounds and experience which adds to the learner experience.
We have a great network of top names in the industry for Stud Management Practical Learning Period. Students get hands on experience and responsibility to manage horses in different situations.
Courses are for everybody from all backgrounds with an interest in working in the horse industry.
Application involves an interview and a practical assessment. There is plenty of demand in the industry for good graduates."
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