Training & Education

To ensure optimum health and welfare of breeding stock, and to support the professional development of breeders and employees, the TBA provides education for members in the form of seminars, courses and documents on all subjects relating to the breeding and rearing of Thoroughbreds. For more information on the services the TBA provides click here

Careers in the Thoroughbred breeding industry

The thoroughbred breeding industry offers a wide range of career opportunities whether you are finishing school, graduating university or just looking for a careers change.  To explore your options please click here

Course for TBA members

The TBA works with a range of industry partners to offer members a number of regional courses throughout the year.  Members also have exclusive access to the annual breeders seminar.  This year the TBA has team up with the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER) to offer members a one-day seminar about all aspects of modern broodmare and stallion management.  Please click here for videos from this year’s seminar

The TBA Stud Farming Course, which is run annually in December,  gives breeders and stud staff the opportunity to learn the latest in stud management from leading experts in the industry. Aimed at those who wish to build upon their own practical experience and knowledge of stud work, the course is a great way to either refresh your knowledge or learn new practice. Please click here for further information on this year’s course

Industry Courses

There are a wide range of recommended industry courses available within the thoroughbred breeding industry for anyone looking to commence or further their career.

The Entry to Stud Employment (E2SE) course, funded by the TBA, provides training for adults who lack practical experience but are committed to a career in the Thoroughbred breeding

Please click here for more information on the courses available

Industry Training Providers

The TBA recommends selected training providers that offer appropriate industry training and are approved by BHEST, the industry Awarding Body. In line with the government’s requirements, BHEST develops and awards nationally recognized qualifications that provide the practical grounding for people to build careers and businesses in British horseracing, from equine care and transport to thoroughbred breeding and farriery.

The main training provider for the breeding industry is the National Stud.

Further information on the qualifications offered by each provider listed here

Careers Advice

The Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS) is a facility to support people who wish to develop their careers in racing and is funded by The Racing Foundation.  CATS support is tailored to each individual and provide guidance in a number of areas, including careers coaching, CV writing, applications of funding and careers advice.

Careers in Racing promotes career paths and job opportunities in British Horseracing.  The website contains a huge amount of information on a diverse range of roles, training and qualifications available, as well as hosting a job board advertising more than 1,000 racing vacancies each year

The Thoroughbred Club

The Thoroughbred Club is a social, educational and professional club open to all 16 to 35-year olds with a passion for horse racing and who wish to progress their career in the industry. Members have access to an exciting range of benefits which include exclusive events, race day ticket offers and subscription to the Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder Magazine.  In addition the club also offers a range of careers services, including a bursary grant, a two-day careers course and careers advice.