International Management Training for Potential Thoroughbred ...

International Management Training for Potential Thoroughbred ...

International Management Training for

Potential Thoroughbred Industry Leaders


Founded in 2003 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, Darley Flying Start is

an innovative international management training programme for the thoroughbred industry.

Today, Darley Flying Start has developed strong relationships with world leaders in horse

racing and breeding leading to dynamic lectures, visits, work placements and career


With modules accredited by a number of the world’s leading universities and endorsed by the

thoroughbred industry, Darley Flying Start offers a unique opportunity to those striving for

excellence in their personal development and careers.

Potential trainees can apply annually for the scholarship, limited to 12 fully funded places.

Those selected are expected to commit fully to the challenging and changing environment of

the two year course.


“Building on an ethos of excellence and integrity we are committed to providing management

training to a diverse group of potential thoroughbred industry leaders“

Clodagh Kavanagh, Manager

About Darley Flying Start


Founded in 2003 by Sheikh Mohammed, Darley Flying Start has rapidly developed into a

sophisticated management training programme. Places on the scholarship are sought after by

ambitious young people the world over. Graduates of Darley Flying Start are currently employed in

Australia, Dubai, USA, UK and Ireland.


Sheikh Mohammed is a world leader and visionary who supports education as the key to building

success. His love of the thoroughbred inspired him to develop the Darley Flying Start scholarship to

provide young people committed to leading the thoroughbred industry an opportunity to learn at

the highest level. Trainees complete part of their programme in Dubai, where Sheikh Mohammed’s

vision, innovation and energy influence every facet of life.


Darley Flying Start is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered as the

“Darley International Student Programme” in 2004 with the Charity Commission of England and

Wales. The primary object of the charity, as stated in its governing document, is to advance

standards and knowledge in the management of thoroughbred horses by the establishment of a

programme to train and develop students who wish to pursue a senior management level career in

the thoroughbred horse business and to award successful students with a qualification recognising

their achievement.


Head Office – Kildangan Stud, Ireland

Coordinators based in Darley Dubai, Darley USA, Darley Australia and Dalham Hall Stud, UK


Induction, Irish industry, Yearling

Breaking, Entrepreneurship, Goffs

Yearling Sales, Anatomy Physiology

and Reproduction, Pedigree Analysis,

Veterinary Management, Personal

Development, Presentation Skills,

Bookmaking, Business Planning,

Bloodstock Agency, Racehorse

Training, Stud Management, Sales

Consignments, Sales Companies,

Career Planning, International

Classifications, Interview Skills,

Negotiation Skills,

Work Placement Option,

Racing at Curragh and Leopardstown.



Lexington, Kentucky


Course Overview

Course timeline

Year 1

Kildangan Stud

County Kildare


Dalham Hall Stud




United Arab Emirates



UK industry, Administration, Pre-Training Australian and New Zealand industries,

of Racehorses, Racehorse Care and Riding, Care of Breeding Stock, Yearlings,

Legal, Insurance, Finance, Media Skills, Foals and Stallions, Foaling,

Tattersalls Breeding Stock Sales,

Veterinary Management,

Work Placement Option, Racing at Administration, Management Meetings,


Leadership, Stallion Marketing,

Racing Management, Work Placement,


US industry, Care of Breeding Stock,

Yearlings, Foals and Stallions, Foaling,

Racing at Flemington, Randwick,


Veterinary Management, Administration, Dubai

Legal, Mock Trial, Farriery, Steward Dubai Industry, Racehorse Care and

Accreditation, Equine Nutrition,

Training, Finance, Website Design,

Conformation Evaluation, Management IT, Human Resource Management,

Meetings, Fasig Tipton Yearling Sale, Marketing, Steward Training, Work

Keeneland Two Year Old in Training and Placements, Racing at Nad Al Sheba,

Breeding Stock Sale, Presentation Skills,

Work Placement, Racing at Keeneland and

Churchill Downs.

Jebel Ali.

Year 2

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul

Darley, Hunter Valley

New South Wales


UK USA Australia

Dubai Ireland Graduation


on Darley Flying Start

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided

during the course. Living arrangements vary from

country to country. There are shared houses in

rural settings in Ireland and Australia, shared

apartments in Lexington city and on-campus

individual rooms in Dubai.

Transport: Transport is provided locally in the

form of shared cars and minivans. Bicycles are

provided in Ireland with a minibus for visits off the


Flights and visas: An allowance is provided to

trainees for flights while on the course. Flights to

and from Ireland at the beginning and end of the

course are the trainees responsibility. Visas are

arranged and paid for during the course.

Health Insurance: Provided to trainees while on

the course.

Laptops: Provided to trainees for coursework


Allowance: Trainees receive a subsistence

allowance paid monthly. Subsistance is not paid

during holidays.

A Week on Flying Start

Typically mornings start around 6 a.m. with trainees

working hands-on as part of the stud or stable staff on

the Darley operation where they are based. The work is

physical and continues through inclement weather

conditions as horses have to be cared for every day.

Trainees report to the foreman under which they work.

There is a short break for lunch after which lectures take

place from 2 to 4p.m. in the dedicated training room.

Lectures are supported by management meetings, visits

or workshops on or off site.

Trainees are expected to be professional at all times in

the workplace and for academic modules. This extends

to dress, manner, timekeeping, work ethic and

interpersonal skills.

Most weeks involve a deadline for an assignment or

report and trainees are expected to manage their time

and progress towards agreed goals. There is a strong

emphasis on personal development, leadership and team

work. There are a number of social events and race

meetings to attend as part of the programme leading

to busy weekends and evenings, giving trainees the

opportunity to network with industry leaders in a more

relaxed setting.

During work placements or internships, trainees work to

the schedule agreed with the organisation where they

are based.

Why Recruit a

Darley Flying Start Graduate?

Graduate Profile

The age range of graduates is mid to late twenties. Their backgrounds are diverse including

marketing, business, horsemanship, administration, law and veterinary medicine. The benefits

of their participation on Darley Flying Start are specialisation in the thoroughbred industry,

business skills and strong personal development focussing on interpersonal skills, core values,

time management and change management.

Valuable Experience

Trainees completing the programme will have worked hands-on with thoroughbred breeding

and racing stock under the tutelage of top class horsemen in a number of Darley operations.

Trainees complete three full time internships of 4 to 6 weeks each outside of the Darley

organisation during the two years on Darley Flying Start.

Global Education

During the programme, training takes place in Ireland, USA, UK, Dubai (UAE) and Australia with

the option of placements in France, Japan and New Zealand giving a truly global experience.

Trainees are introduced to industry leaders and build relationships for the future on a daily

basis. Certification by leading universities and training providers ensure that high standards of

competence are required in order to graduate.

Professional Ethos

Darley Flying Start Purpose : “Building on an ethos of excellence and integrity we are

committed to providing management training to a diverse group of potential thoroughbred

industry leaders”

If you require any further information about the

Darley Flying Start Programme please contact

the Programme manager:

Clodagh Kavanagh

Kildangan Stud


Co Kildare


tel: +353 (0)45 527600

fax: +353 (0)45 523461


The Darley Flying Start website at

has detailed information on the course along

with profiles of current trainees and graduates

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