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Godolphin gives Emiratis chance for a career in horse racing
Godolphin, one of the most successful thoroughbred breeding and horse racing stables in the world, is hoping to attract a new generation of Emiratis to the sport with the launch of a new academic scholarship.
Launche by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the stable wants to provide a select number of UAE nationals with the chance to learn the ins and outs of the worldwide racing brand.
Named Masar Godolphin, the initiative aims to find eight Emiratis aged between 23-30 who show a passion for equestrianism and are eager to learn more about all aspects of horse racing.
“The Emirates has been famous for many centuries for creating some of the best horses in the world. And the only way to create the best horses is by having the best horse people,” said John Ferguson, the chief executive and racing manager of Godolphin.
“It’s no secret that Sheikh Mohammed created Godolphin and he did it so he could create a team that his country could be proud of. This year we have had victories in Dubai, Australia, the United States, the UK and Ireland so we are a global operation.
“So it is time now for young Emiratis to take advantage of the expertise that Godolphin can provide and allow them to get a thorough grasp and understanding of the thoroughbred industry.
“Masar means journey and what Sheikh Mohammed would like to do is take some young Emiratis on a journey through Godolphin. So that they can learn every facet of the business.”
Leading the programme will be Ali Al Ali who will select the final eight that will spend time shadowing Godolphin trainers such as Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby, as well as learn about bloodstock sales and business management.
“They must have the ambition to progress both personally and professionally,” said Ali.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for eight outstanding and ambitious young Emiratis.
“The love of horses is in the DNA of Dubai and the same pioneering spirit that you see in modern Dubai is felt in Godolphin constantly looking forward and relentlessly innovating.
“That is what makes this such an exciting time to be involved in thoroughbred horse racing.”
The course will take place over 10 months in Dubai before the selected eight travel to England and Ireland to learn more about the business of Godolphin.
The hope is that some of the successful candidates will then continue to work for Godolphin or can find work elsewhere within the equestrian industry.