A new mentoring programme to support equine students has been launched by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College.
The programme will offer students studying a BSc degree in equine science and thoroughbred management access to experts who will provide career advice via an online forum.
The mentors will offer advice in horseracing and bloodstock from a grass roots level through to governance, finance and marketing.
Founder of the mentor programme Annie Bishop said: “Despite all of our recent grads entering successfully into the job market on completion of their degree, in a challenging environment we want to offer our students a head start by creating access to experts who can provide advice and guidance on developing a career within horseracing and bloodstock.
“We are very grateful to the members of the mentoring program and hope to roll this out across all of our equine courses in the near future.”
Paull Khan, racing director of Weatherbys added: “I look forward to playing a part, alongside others on the mentors’ panel, in advising and guiding those who are at that exciting, yet uncertain stage, of preparing to set out on their career journeys in racing.”
Members of the Mentoring Programme
Andrew and Anna-Lisa Balding — Park House Stables
Joanna Murray and Jenna King — Smith and Williamson Accountants
Paull Kahn — Racing Director, Weatherbys
Richard Knight — Bloodstock Agent
Kit Arkwright — Racing for Change
Michelle Douglas — British Horseracing Authority
Harriet Rochester — HRSM, Sports Marketing and PR
Caroline Turnbull — Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association
Sam Hoskins — Next Generation Club
Sarah Stoneham, Lone Oak Stud — Veterinary and Research
Louise Jones — Dodson and Horrell
For further information visit – www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/courses/undergraduate/2013/equine