FOUR Irish people are among the 12 trainees who will start the next Godolphin Flying Start programme later this summer.
The two-year Thoroughbred Industry Management and Leadership Programme is sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed and facilitates trainees to learn and experience management operations and leadership in the global thoroughbred industry with phases in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia 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.
The next batch of trainees is composed of six men and six women from Australia, France, Ireland, the UK and the USA.
Among the four Irish trainees is David Skelly, who won The Irish Field Blue Hen writing competition last year at the Irish National Stud. Donncha McCarthy, from Kerry, is also a graduate of the Irish National Stud thoroughbred breeding programme. Brigitte Murphy from Limerick holds a degree in equine science and is completing a masters in business management. Tom Murphy from Kildare is the fourth Irish acceptor.
The full list of new trainees are George Broughton (UK), Samantha Bussanich (USA), Devon Dougherty (USA), Solène Hudbert (France), Thomas Lyon-Smith (UK), Donncha McCarthy (Ireland), Erin McLaughlin (USA), Marine Moussa (France), Brigitte Murphy (Ireland), Tom Murphy (Ireland), Angus Robertson (Australia) and David Skelly (Ireland).