06/20/2013 1:01PM

Darley Flying Start announces trainees for 2013-2015 program

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The Darley Flying Start program has announced the 12 individuals that comprise its 2013-2015 class of trainees.

Founded in 2003 by Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, Darley Flying Start is a two-year full-time management training program for the Thoroughbred industry, with time spent in the U.S., Ireland, England, Australia, and the U.A.E. over the course of enrollment. Students learn horse and business management skills, participate in lectures on the Thoroughbred industry, and engage in work placements in the U.S. and abroad.

Selected trainees are typically in their late twenties with a university degree and two or three years of work experience in the Thoroughbred industry. The Flying Start program was profiled earlier this year by Daily Racing Form.

This year’s trainees will begin their studies with the Flying Start program on August 19 at Kildangan Stud in Ireland, and will be the first class to be offered the Graduate Certificate in Management (Thoroughbred Industry) accredited by the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, as well as the Darley Flying Start Diploma.

The 2013-2015 class is as follows, listed with their home country:
- Kathryn Barr (Australia)
- Amanda Bossom (U.K.)
- Jack Bruce (New Zealand)
- Miguel Clement (U.S.)
- Daniel Filtness (U.K.)
- Sarah Holmes (U.S.)
- Melissa Jordan (U.K.)
- Tam Man Hei (Hong Kong)
- Brittlan Wall (U.S.)
- Caroline Walsh (Ireland)
- David Walsh (Ireland)
- Laura Vänskä (Finland)