THE last couple of weeks have seen a series of graduations, from RACE through to Enniskillen, the Godolphin Flying Start and this week’s Irish National Stud course. Apart from making me feel like a dinosaur in terms of age and experience, the three I attended all filled me with great hope for the future of our industry.

The range of knowledge and experience that the students who have completed these courses have gained is invaluable, and hopefully they will go on to enjoy successful careers. The skills they have acquired are broad and they will bring them to bear in a wide range of areas.