Marquand to benefit from HH Sheikh Mansoor Racing Scholarship Fund

7th Jan 2016 | News

British Champion apprentice jockey and BRS Graduate, Tom Marquand, who rounded off a successful 2015 with a BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year nomination, will kick-start 2016 with a four-week mentorship programme in Australia funded by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.


The Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF), inaugurated in November last year following the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) general assembly meeting in Abu Dhabi, is the first of its kind to help promising young talent – employed as an amateur jockey, apprentice jockey, or within the industry as a whole – benefit from the mentoring scheme aimed to stimulate career development and progression.

Marquand, who begins his scholarship this week, will be assisted with his training in Victoria by Richard Perham of the British Racing School, as well as trainer Matt Hyland and Melisa Weatherley, Racing Victoria’s Athlete Development & Industry Careers Advisor. He will be the first to start the programme comprising 12 other candidates selected from a total of 19 applications representing countries including Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

Ms Lara Sawaya, Chairperson of IFHRA and Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival, thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential affairs, for his innovative initiative in evolving a plan to train and fund young riders and staff.

“The IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA member racing academies and employers within the horse racing and related industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorships which will be a long-term benefit to future careers. At the same time, future employers will also benefit from students who have experienced from the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices our industry offers,” Ms Sawaya said.

She added: “The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new training and experience within the horse racing industry and related disciplines, while learning about new cultures and customs.”