Welcome to Thoroughbred Breeding

This area of Racing2Learn will guide you to relevant training courses if you are entering or working in the Thoroughbred breeding industry. You will be able to follow the links to find out further information.

You may also be interested in seeing an overview of training in the Horseracing Industry Training Courses by clicking here

Training in the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry

There are many courses available for those entering or working in the Thoroughbred breeding sector. Much of the training is provided face to face at the National Stud, but there are also regional training opportunities available. Click on the courses below to find out more.

Courses and Resources


This course is no longer available. The Covid-19 online education course has been updated to reflect current industry protocol. Please visit the main landing page or click on the Safeguarding, Integrity, Health and Welfare tile to access the new version.
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‘Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Courses and Seminars’

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association strives to safeguard the health and welfare of the Thoroughbred for the overall improvement of the breed.
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National Stud Short Courses

The Evening Lecture Programme (ELP) is open to anyone interested in the topics whether they are involved or not in the breeding of racehorses. Typically the delegates that attend the lectures come from other studs or are college students. The ELP also attracts Thoroughbred breeders and sports horse …
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Entry to Stud Employment

The National Stud is delighted to be delivering this programme for the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) to provide a route for people unable to access the Apprenticeships in Stud Work or the National Stud’s Diploma in Stud Practice and Management courses.
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The National Stud Diploma Course

The Diploma programme recruits throughout the year with interviews taking place in the late summer/early autumn for the following mid-January start. The Diploma is open to anyone 18 years of age or over; there is no upper age limit, however the nature of stud work is very demanding and candidates wi…
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Racing Welfare Mental Health Courses

Racing Welfare currently provides two types of of mental health courses. Click here to find out more information below to help you decide which course is best for you.
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Basic Principles of Racehorse Welfare

This course is about the basic principles of racehorse welfare. The BHA has established a comprehensive strategy to safeguard the welfare of racehorses before, during and after they leave the sport and to ensure all those who are involved with racehorse care and management fully understand their res…
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Certificate of Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations

This award aims to combine a sound knowledge of breeding theory with a range of assessed practical competencies to ensure that the graduate will be a sought-after employee within the thoroughbred stud industry.
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Thoroughbred Breeding Resources

Along side the eLearning and face to face courses, you can also view and download further industry information to develop and widen your knowledge. This includes workbooks, PDF's, fact sheets and other additional resources to support your learning.
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