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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Emiratis shortlisted for second Masar Godolphin scholarship programme

The first batch of recruits received their certificates from Sheikh Mohammed on Wednesday

The Masar Godolphin scholarship is shortlisting UAE nationals for its second year to develop skills and knowledge in thoroughbred racing.

The nine-month programme in Dubai and Newmarket is under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

“It is a demonstration of his enduring passion for horse racing and breeding and his continued commitment to the creation of a sustainable future for both the industry and the individuals involved,” said Joe Osborne group chief-executive of Godolphin.

“Those selected experienced every aspect of horse racing and breeding in both the UAE and Europe, preparing them for a future in an exciting and demanding business. The quality of academia, horsemanship and personal development required to complete the programme was of the highest order.”

The first batch of recruits received their certificates from Sheikh Mohammed on Wednesday.

The second set of Emiratis are being interviewed for the next course that begins in February.

Sultan Al Ameri, a keen rider whose family has a history in equestrianism, said it would help enthusiasts decide which aspect of the business to focus on.

“I’ve done stunt riding for most of my life and I want to be a trainer. My future focus will be training thoroughbreds,” said Al Ameri, whose family runs a ranch in Abu Dhabi.

Dealing with managing more than 100 horses, learning about their injuries and the medication they require was part of the course.

“It helped me understand how to run a company where the horses are your staff. You need to know all the races of the seasons, which horses can compete, what ground suits them. It was amazing.”

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