Last week saw the Godolphin Flying Start class of 2017-19 graduate at Kildangan Stud in Ireland. Seymour’s Katelyn Butler was honoured with the coveted title of top trainee for 2019. Amongst her class of 12 trainees who received their diplomas, four also received a distinction award.

Godolphin Flying Start is a two-year, full time Management and Leadership training programme that specialises in the international Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. The programme provides practical work placements at Godolphin’s Studs in Ireland, UK, Dubai, USA as well as the Hunter Valley here in Australia.

During this time, students are encouraged and supported to find work placements in other areas within the Industry. Katelyn completed her USA phase externship with PM Advertising and her Australian phase externship with Magic Millions. This gave Katelyn an opportunity to use her knowledge gained achieving a BA in Business from La Trobe University in 2013, with her practical equine experience.

Before commencing the program, Katelyn worked as a stallion groom at Swettenham Stud, at Chatswood Stud as a Stud Coordinator and an office Assistant with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing.

Katelyn’s family have a long association in the thoroughbred and breeding industry in Victoria. Her grandfather raced horses with Rick Hore-Lacey and Brian Mayfield-Smith and her parents Frank and Karen, own the stallion Zupaone and have a quality band of about ten broodmares at their Riversdowns Farm in Seymour.

Back in Australia from her travels, Katelyn joins Olly Tait at Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra, New South Wales.

Graduates of the Godolphin Flying Start in previous years include trainers Adrian Bott and Brian McGrath, Henry Field of Newgate Farm, Vicki Leonard of TDN AUS/NZ, Bloodstock Agents Andy Williams and James Clarke, Camilla Wishaw of Optim Equine and Mornington based Vet Dr Eoin Kelly.

Applications for the next intake of Godolphin Flying Start Students will open on 2nd January 2020 and more information about the program can be found HERE.

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