Mandy Forber, Senior Stud Secretary
How long have you worked for Juddmonte and what does your role involve?
I began employment at Juddmonte in 1996 and am one of a team supporting the Stud Manager at Banstead Manor Stud, who manages Juddmonte’s large broodmare band and the eight stallions which we stand. My main area of work is administration in connection with mares visiting the stallions, from booking mares in for covering, completion of covering certificates and nomination invoicing.
What qualifications or work experience do you feel are important in obtaining this line of work?
An understanding of the bloodstock industry and workings of a thoroughbred stud are as equally important as administration/secretarial qualifications. A good level of maths and English combined with computer skills such as Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook are also essential to the role.
What advice could you offer someone if looking for an office based career within the industry?
There are many diploma/degree equine courses on offer these days and the completion would be beneficial as would work experience outside of the office but within the bloodstock industry. Office based jobs in the industry are much sought after, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on the bloodstock press for news of farms or businesses setting up, changes or expansions where new opportunities may arise.
What three things would you consider to be an important aspect of your role?
Obviously supporting the Stud Manager is of key importance, in making the stud season run as smoothly as possible, as is accuracy and attention to detail. Good communication skills are essential for liaising with mare owners, stud managers, grooms, secretaries, suppliers etc.
Overall I am very privileged to be working for such a successful owner breeder and dealing with such top class bloodstock.