December 3, 2015

Godolphin Supports CAFRE Students to Prepare for Career Success

A new £1,000 bursary for CAFRE students studying the four-year Equine Honours degree course has been launched.

The Godolphin Bursary, sponsored by Kildangan Stud which is part of Darley, the leading global thoroughbred breeding operation, will also offer the top five applicants the opportunity to experience a one-week work placement at a top stud.

Joe Osborne, Managing Director of Kildangan Stud visited CAFRE’s Enniskillen Campus to launch the bursary. He said: “Godolphin, is delighted to work with CAFRE to encourage enthusiastic young people and enable them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to bring the equine industry forward in the future.

“As part of the bursary we will also be taking students three students to our Kildangan Stud in Co Kildare and two to the Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket. This will provide them with a fantastic opportunity and insight into the operation of a leading global thoroughbred business,” he added.

The winner of the Godolphin Bursary, which is named after the global thoroughbred horseracing stable founded by Darley owner His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will be announced at CAFRE’s Equine Careers Event at Enniskillen Campus on Wednesday 27 January 2016.

To apply for the Bursary (Hons) Equine Management Degree students are asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Personal Statement/Career Plan.  Each student will receive individual feedback from Godolphin regarding their submission. Production of CVs, personal statements and interview techniques are all topics which are covered with students as part of their programme of study at Enniskillen Campus with the aim of contributing to their personal development and developing their employability skills for the future.

Mr Osborne gave an inspirational talk to the students which focussed on career aspirations and setting achievable goals.  He discussed and advised them on how to produce a CV which was likely to get them to the interview stage.  He highlighted the importance of achieving good qualifications, appropriate work experience and of developing good teamwork and interpersonal skills.  Mr Osborne emphasised the importance of having a positive attitude and making a good impression with potential employers not only in an interview situation but in all interactions with the industry.  He was positive about the range of opportunities available within the global equine industry and emphasised that there is a demand for employees who are keen to develop and learn more within an organisation.

John Fay, CAFRE Director, thanked Godolphin for their willingness to support young people participating in the equine degree programme at Enniskillen Campus. He said: “There are many exciting and dynamic career opportunities within the expanding equine industry so I am extremely grateful to all our bursary providers and delighted that Godolphin continues to support CAFRE students by making a financial contribution to assist them with their studies.”

Further details about the programmes on offer at CAFRE, Enniskillen Campus can be obtained by contacting the Campus on 0800 028 4291 or by emailing  Details of programmes are also available on the website

Joe Osborne, John Fay and Seamus McAlinney with Final Year BSc (Hons) Equine Management Students at CAFRE Enniskillen Campus (Left to Right) Emma McCabe, Andrew McIntyre, Natasha Gilchrist, Shauna Larkin, Ruairi Craven, Alison Corr, Oisin McCann and Emma Allen.

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