Alison Brassil, from Newmarket on Fergus in County Clare, has been selected as the Tipperary Racecourse Student Intern, through the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Internship Programme, commencing a twelve-week work placement at the track on Wednesday, June 8th.
This is third year of the HRI Student Internship Programme which was launched in November 2013. Over 150 applications were received from throughout the country with 50 students shortlisted and 25 selected for interview.
Horse Racing Ireland has appointed seven interns for the summer season of 2016. Four of the student interns will work in the HRI-owned racecourses: Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Navan and Tipperary and three will be based in the HRI head office at Ballymany, Kildare, with two in the Marketing Department and one in TOTE Ireland.
Alison has just completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science at the University of Limerick and will be graduating in August. She has previously gained experience working in the breeding industry for Coolmore America at Ashford Stud in Kentucky and most recently for Paul McCartan at Ballyphilip Stud in Croom, Co. Limerick. Alison has also worked at bloodstock sales for consignments such as Eaton Sales, Jamie Railton, the National Stud and the Aga Khan Studs.
As part of her role at Tipperary Racecourse, Alison will be required to assist in many areas of racecourse operations such as marketing, sales, social media, website maintenance, raceday operations and the promotion of events over the summer season.
Welcoming Alison, Andrew Hogan, Manager of Tipperary Racecourse said, “I am delighted to welcome Alison to the team at Tipperary. She joins us at a very exciting time, as we are celebrating 100 years of racing at Tipperary Racecourse and there will be plenty of opportunities for her to gain valuable, practical experience.”
Alison Brassil commented, “The HRI internship at Tipperary Racecourse is an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about the racing industry and develop my career as a horse racing professional. Working in the breeding industry has ignited my passion for racing and I am excited to gain experience in the racing sector as I want to learn about all aspects of the thoroughbred industry. I hope to develop the skills I have learnt throughout my degree by putting them to the test in the diverse daily tasks that I’m sure Tipperary Racecourse will have to offer throughout the summer.”