THERE are five Irish among the 12 people chosen to participate in the next Godolphin Flying Start programme. The two-year course aims to give trainees experience and education in thoroughbred industry management and leadership.

The five Irish picked for the 2022-2024 programme are Sarah Kelly (Kildare), Edmond Ryan (Tipperary), David O’Farrell (Dublin), Megan O’Leary (Westmeath) and Orlaith Nangle (Dublin).

Trainees will begin the course at Kildangan Stud in August, before spending time in Britain, Australia, America and Dubai. The course is accredited by University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Business School as a Graduate Certificate in Management.

Over half of Godolphin Flying Start graduates have gone on to become managers, CEOs or business founders, and they are based across five continents, working in media, racing, breeding, bloodstock, sales, consultancy, veterinary and marketing.

2022–2024 trainees: 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 Jeffrey (UK), Jamie Smith (UK), Edmond Ryan (Ireland), Alexander Sausville (USA), and Ben Triandafillou (Australia).