Applications open for Godolphin Flying Start

Applications have now opened for the two-year Godolphin Flying Start programme.

Founded in 2003, the full-time international management and leadership training programme is the brainchild of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai.

12 candidates are selected annually to receive the scholarship which includes course fees, accommodation, transport, health insurance and a monthly allowance.

The world’s most renowned horseracing and breeding locations are bases for Godolphin Flying Start and the programme takes trainees to work and study in five countries around the globe.

The course commences in Kildare in Ireland, before moving onto Newmarket in the United Kingdom then Lexington, USA, followed by the Hunter Valley in Australia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The final three months of the course are spent back in Europe.

Each location offers a wealth of Thoroughbred industry experience through racing, sales and visits to studs, stables and industry organisations.

The course is balanced between practical and academic development which encompasses four core modules – Thoroughbred Production and Management; Racing, Breeding and Bloodstock; Business Management and Leadership and Communications.

Godolphin Flying Start is accredited by the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Business School as a Graduate Certificate in Management (Thoroughbred Industry).

Other accrediting bodies include the University of Kentucky, Macquarie University Graduate School of Management, University of Arizona (Racing Officials Accreditation Program) and Kentucky Horseshoeing School.

It is the mission of the programme to provide management training to a diverse group of trainees and in doing so create committed industry leaders working in existing and emerging thoroughbred markets contributing to the long term success of the industry.

More than 50 percent of graduates from the programme are Business Founders or Managers and form an educated, dynamic global network who are leading change and driving development in the Thoroughbred industry today. 

Successful candidates for the programme will have been employed in the industry previously, be competent horse people, excellent communicators and have a strong work ethic. They will be ambitious and enjoy the rigorous academic programme and multi-cultural experiences.

Applications for the 2021 – 2023 Godolphin Flying Start programme are now open until Monday February 8, 2021. 

More information about the application process may be found here:

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