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
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,
Work Placement Option,
Racing at Curragh and Leopardstown.
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,
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
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
Laptops: Provided to trainees for coursework
Allowance: Trainees receive a subsistence
allowance paid monthly. Subsistance is not paid
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
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
During work placements or internships, trainees work to
the schedule agreed with the organisation where they
Why Recruit a
Darley Flying Start Graduate?
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.
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.
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.
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
If you require any further information about the
Darley Flying Start Programme please contact
the Programme manager:
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