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2022-24 Godolphin Flying Start Program Underway

The class of 2022-24 comprises trainees from five different nationalities.

Godolphin Flying Start trainees from the 2022-24 class

Godolphin Flying Start trainees from the 2022-24 class


The 2022-2024 Godolphin Flying Start trainees arrived at Kildangan Stud on Monday, August 15th to commence their two-year scholarship within the Thoroughbred industry. 

The class of 2022-2024 comprises trainees from five different nationalities, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and the USA. Next week they will commence ICT and Communications training and their Equine Anatomy and Physiology module at University College Dublin.

Godolphin Flying Start Executive Director, Clodagh Kavanagh, said;

"We welcomed our 20th Godolphin Flying Start class to Kildangan Stud this week with great satisfaction, having continued with the programme through the challenges of Covid-19. It is a milestone year, and it is heartening to see the commitment and talent of these young adults entering the thoroughbred business. We look forward to collaborating with industry professionals to give the trainees opportunities to learn, complete externships, and gain employment in the future so that we may achieve our vision of being the source of influential leaders of the industry".

Sarah Kelly from County Kildare and David O'Farrell from County Dublin are the team leaders for the first Irish phase, they said;

"We feel privileged to have received the scholarship for Godolphin Flying Start. It offers exceptional education, as well as opportunities to learn and experience all aspects of the global thoroughbred breeding and racing industry first-hand. We are all delighted to have started here in Kildangan Stud for our first Irish phase. We are really looking forward to making the most of this amazing opportunity over the next two years."

The 2022-2024 trainees are:

  • Annabel Adams, New Zealand
  • Liam Cunningham, New Zealand
  • Sarah Kelly, Ireland
  • Orlaith Nangle, Ireland
  • David O'Farrell, Ireland
  • Megan O'Leary, Ireland
  • Anne O'Rourke, UK
  • Susannah Jeffery, UK
  • Jamie Smith, UK
  • Edmond Ryan, Ireland
  • Alexander Sausville, USA
  • Ben Triandafillou, Australia  
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