Claire Parsons, Senior Stud Hand
How did you become interested in a career within the stud industry?
I had a thoroughbred ex-racehorse from an early age which was the catalyst towards choosing a career with horses. My reason for selecting a career within the stud industry came from a desire to travel as there are many overseas opportunities. In addition, stud farms offer stability and the accommodation and benefits are often better.
How long have you worked for Juddmonte and what does your role involve?
I have worked for Juddmonte for nine years and my day-to-day activities are generally the same as other stud hands but with added responsibility of treating mares and foals, administering medications etc. I also carry out afternoon checks on mares and foals in paddocks, making sure that everything is as it should be and acting quickly if things are not.
What would you consider to be the most important attribute for your role?
I would consider having a love of horses to be the most important attribute to the role; having a connection with the mares and watching the foals develop keeps you enthusiastic and motivated about the business. You also need to be dedicated as it can be a long, hard season working in all weathers.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
To be able to watch a foal grow and become independent and then follow it to the racetrack is rewarding particularly knowing that you have played your part in its development. I love working outdoors, and to be able to work surrounded by spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife is a pleasure. I also enjoy being part of a great team at Wargrave.