A Great Way to Gain Industry Experience
As I enter my eight week of my internship with Horse Racing
Ireland, I am delighted to have an opportunity to combine my studies with my
love of the equine industry.
My profound passion for the equine industry originates back
to my childhood. There is photographic evidence in my home illustrating that my
passion started at a very young age, attending pony classes at the local
agricultural shows. As I got older, I progressed onto show jumping and then
started hunting through the Golden Vale with the Tipperary Foxhounds. Regular visits
to Tipperary, Clonmel and Thurles racetracks, all quite near me, along with the
wonderful conversations and stories that I listened to as I grew up about the
breeding of different horses that won races sowed the seeds for my passionate
interest in the bloodstock industry today.
This passion has driven me to seek out various employment
roles within the equine industry. I have previously worked as a bid spotter
with Goffs Bloodstock Sales. It gave me an opportunity to see the wonderful
progeny of some of the amazing stallions and pedigrees in this country. It was
a fantastic place to be when bidding would commence on a much sought after
animal, the atmosphere would be electrifying. Last summer and at weekends
during the college year, I worked at Ballydoyle Racing. This gave me a great
insight into the world of horse training and I also got an opportunity to visit
different racetracks here in Ireland and overseas.
I am going into my third year of the Bsc Accounting degree
at UCC in September. I applied for the HRI internship as I saw it as a dream
opportunity to combine my interest in the racing industry with the skills I’ve
learned in college. I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to join
the finance department through the internship programme. The finance department
is an extremely busy division as it supports the activities of the Horse Racing
Ireland Group as well as its subsidiaries Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, HRI-owned
racecourses and Tote Ireland. At first, I was taken back by the hive of
activity that takes place in this department but, through the support and
assistance provided to me by Michelle Lawlor and her team, I’m gaining a wealth
of knowledge in relation to the business and financial sector of the industry.
The team have been so helpful and very generous with their time and knowledge.
A vast amount of activities need to be completed for the HRI
Group and its subsidiaries and this ensures that no two days are the same. My
responsibilities as part of the finance department include doing up the month
end management accounts for different departments, administration work in
relation to the foal levy, working on the half year stats for HRI racecourses,
assisting in putting together the forecasts for certain departments, analysing
the spend per country versus the sales per country for Irish Thoroughbred
Marketing and looking into the bloodstock sales results for Irish Thoroughbred
I am thoroughly enjoying my time with Horse Racing Ireland
and am extremely grateful to HRI for giving me this incredible opportunity. I
look forward to gaining further knowledge about the wonderful horse racing
industry and how it diverts into so many fields, creating huge employment and
attracting foreign investment into this country. I am beginning to understand
when professional sports people speak about how fortunate they are to work in a
sport that they are passionate about and I know this internship will energise
me even more with my studies in accountancy when I return to college.
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