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Darley Flying Start students arrive


Darley Flying Start students Ben Haslam, Victoria Temlett and Eoin Kelly arrived at Santa Anita Park on June 1st as part of their multinational tour under the two-year equine management training program, which prepares students for careers in racing and breeding.

Conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Darley Flying Start program is free and living expenses are covered for the twelve candidates selected. The students rotate apprenticeships in the US, Dubai, England, Ireland and Australia. The course covers topics such as stud management, horsemanship, veterinary, nutrition, farriery, pedigree analysis, finance, legalities, insurance and marketing. The syllabus includes lectures, hands-on experience, formal instruction, assignments, projects, and administrative management.

Haslam, Temlett, and Kelly were selected from over 60 applicants for the course. Interviews were conducted in Ireland, England, Kentucky, Australia and Dubai, and the standard for acceptance into the course was rigorous. Haslam and Temlett will be under the tutelage of trainer Eoin Harty, exercising horses and assisting training , while Kelly will be working with veterinarian Dr. Blea on the Southern California backstretches.

The course is open to "anyone of any age from anywhere." Applications for the 2006 course will be accepted from January 2, 2006 to February 27, 2006. Profiles on all selected candidates and information on how to apply to the course are featured at

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