Cambridge Stud Staff Scholarship Winners

25 Nov 2009

Two Cambridge Stud staff have recently been named as recipients of two prestigious scholarships offered by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Dominic Corban says spending time at Coolmore Stud in Ireland last year cemented his desire to make a career out of the thoroughbred industry. 

The 22 year old has been awarded the Sunline Trust International Management Scholarship.

While he has been working mostly with the broodmares at Cambridge Stud and helping out in the stallion barn, Dominic says his ultimate aim is to move into the management side of the thoroughbred industry and perhaps become

a "bloodstock agent or stud manager". 

Early next year Dominic will travel to Europe and the United States of America to spend time at Cheveley Park in England, Coolmore Stud in Ireland and Taylor Made Farm in the USA as part of his scholarship.

Fellow Cambridge Stud employee Jason Smith, 19, was awarded the Irish National Stud Scholarship which will see him attend a 5-month Diploma Course at the Irish National Stud.  The scholarship is sponsored by the K.I.A Taylor Charitable Trust and Trelawney Stud. 

Jason says he is 'really excited' to have been given the opportunity and sees the course as 'another step in his career in the industry". 

Jason has grown up around horses and has been working predominantly with the yearlings at Cambridge Stud. He says he knows the industry is one that has to be "learnt from the bottom up" and is looking forward to spending time in Ireland.

Sir Patrick Hogan says the awarding of the scholarships to the two staff members shows the calibre of the staff at the stud and he wished both boys well.

Previous recipients of the Irish National Stud Scholarship include Mark Forbes and Luke Simpson who are both still employed at Cambridge Stud.

Dominic Corban (left) and Jason Smith (right) at Cambridge Stud

Dominic Corban (l) & Jason Smith (r)