One lucky graduate from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) graduate scheme will have the opportunity to go on a placement at a trainer’s yard for the first time this year.

Richard Phillips is the first trainer to sponsor a BHA graduate scheme placement. The chosen graduate will spend eight weeks at his Gloucestershire yard learning about racehorses’ training programme and attending race meetings.

They will also work closely with Richard’s racing secretary Joline Saunders, running the busy racing office, developing an understanding of entries and declarations, accounting and communicating with owners.

“All at Adlestrop Stables are very much looking forward to the selected graduate joining our team, for what I am sure will be a mutually beneficial and exciting project,” said Richard.

Sam Martin from the BHA added: “We are really excited about this placement. Trainers’ businesses have not been represented before on the scheme and this will be a great opportunity for someone to get closer to the action.”

The British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme has been running for nearly 20 years.

Other placements include Jockey Club Racecourses, Weatherbys, Tattersalls and The Racing Post.

Applications for places on the 2012 graduate scheme will be open in September.

For more information visit: www.careersinracing.com

For more up-to-date news, see the current issue of Horse & Hound (14 April, 2011)