Management of Thoroughbred Breeding Operations Level 4 Learning Programme
This learning programme has been designed for individuals who are responsible for the management of staff and horses on a commercial Thoroughbred stud. It covers a range of processes and policies relating to organisational and business requirements. Learners taking this award should be operating autonomously and be confident in their decision-making abilities that will impact on their current or future role within the industry.
The Learning Programme comprises a series of tasks based on the Learning Outcomes below, which will be completed through research and self-study. Learners will be allocated a mentor, who will guide them through the process and provide links to recommended websites, suitable short courses and suggested reading.
1. Develop & implement a business strategy for a breeding operation for horses (including mating plans and reviewing previous plans as applicable)
2. Base the policy on an evaluation of future trends, organisational and market needs, the business plan and staff resources
3. Develop a policy for investment in breeding stock (National Hunt, Flat or Dual Purpose horses).
4. Ensure the objectives of the plan confrom to legislative, industry and regulatory requirements
5. Plan and implement policies to optimise the care of livestock
6. Develop and implement policies to maintain and improve the facilities
7. Communicate the policy to those who will be involved in its implementation
8. Evaluate the policy against stated objectives at agreed intervals
9. Act on decisions resulting from the evaluation process promptly
10. Create financial security for the operation; monitor results and respond accordingly
11. Maintain relevant legal and regulatory records
12. Assess hazards and control risks to environment, horses and people in connection with stud work and breeding operations
13. Implement safe working practices
14. Conform to BHA Equine Welfare Strategy as appropriate
Applications can be made to the National Horseracing College (the approved centre), who will process the registration and issue a learner portfolio. On completion of the learner portfolio, an application can be made for assessment. This is conducted through portfolio review followed by a Professional Discussion with a panel of sector specialists/assessors appointed by the BHA. Learners who do not attain the required standard will be provided with guidance to undertake further learning before applying for reassessment.
For details of how to apply for this Learning Programme, please contact any of the following: