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The TBA Annual Stud Farming Course takes place at the British Racing School in Newmarket, from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 December, 2014.  This well-respected course boasts a unique programme of lectures on a wide range of stud management and practice topics. It is delivered by leading veterinary and industry experts and gives delegates the opportunity to learn from speakers and network in an informal setting. Speakers come from Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons, Newmarket Equine Hospital, the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College. Leading stud farms will also present on the course.

The programme will run as follows:

Day One

  • The mare’s reproductive cycle – Nick Wingfield-Digby MRCVS
  • Management of the barren mare – Professor Sidney Ricketts
  • Recent advances in veterinary techniques in equine breeding – Huw Neal, MRCVS
  • HBLB Codes of Practice and bio-security – Professor Sidney Ricketts
  • Infectious and non-infectious causes of abortion – Professor Ken Smith
  • Practical paddock management – Paul Overton
  • Parasite control on stud farms – Ollie Pynn

Day Two

  • Skin diseases and vaccinations – Jennie Henderson MRCVS
  • Emerging infectious diseases – Dr Richard Newton
  • Transport of horses – Sarah Mockridge
  • Nutrition – expected growth rates – Polly Bonnor
  • Sales Preparation – Fiona Marner
  • Stallion and teaser management – Julian Dollar
  • Genetics and pedigrees – Joe Grimwade
  • Advances in equine dentistry – Tim Barnett MRCVS

Day Three

  • Foaling – Andrew McGladdery MRCVS
  • The normal neonatal foal – Jan Pynn MRCVS
  • Critical care of the newborn foal – Emily Haggett MRCVS
  • Congenital and acquired growth defects in foals – Zara Wise MRCVS
  • Surgical management of limb deformities – Matt Smith MRCVS
  • Routine care of the foot
  • Farrier treatment of foals – Simon Curtis FWCF
  • Laminitis and metabolic syndrome – Professor Celia Marr

Delegates will have the opportunity to get to know each other better over a course dinner on the first evening and there will be visits to the Newmarket Equine Hospital and Darley’s Pre-Training yard at Hamilton Hill on days one and two, as well as an early morning tour of the British Racing School on the final day.

There are plenty of opportunities to question lecturers throughout the three days, and a comprehensive handbook of course notes is provided as a useful reference. The course is aimed at those who want to build on their practical experience and knowledge of stud work.

The course fee for 2014 is £395 for TBA members (discounts are available for studs sending four or more delegates) and £495 for non-members (fee includes dinner on the first night, lunches and refreshments, but not accommodation or other meals).  Places are limited – for further information contact Christine Standley at the TBA on 01638 661321 or email

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