DESIRE TO LEARN IS STAR QUALITY OF 2016 ALEX SCOTT ASSISTANT TRAINERS AWARD WINNER
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP TO BE FUNDED FROM 2017 BY THE TIM DUNLOP MEMORIAL TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP
Jessica McLernon, assistant to trainer Richard Fahey, is the winner of the 2016 Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Travel Scholarship.
Judging from a short list of four, the panel was particularly struck by Jessica’s enthusiasm for learning and the wide ranging role she plays in the Musley Bank Stables in Malton, North Yorkshire. She has developed skills in mentoring the young staff and finds this makes a valuable contribution to the business.
The Alec Scott Scholarship aims to support those who are committed to a career training racehorses in Britain by promoting their education and improvement of their skills outside the United Kingdom.
The Scholarship has been funded for the last four years by Racing to School (RTS.) Chairman, David Adam, a member of the judging panel, commented, “Amongst strong competition Jessica McLernon proved to be a worthy winner. She impressed the judging panel with her confidence, her ambition, her tenacity and her proven track record to date. This significant and challenging opportunity will undoubtedly further her knowledge and her future career”’’
Jessica will be spending a month with training legend Gai Waterhouse at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia. Reacting to having won the award, Jessica said, “I am extremely honoured to be chosen as the winner of such a prestigious award that is so close to so many people’s hearts. I owe so much to the great people I have around me, most of all my fantastic boss Richard Fahey. During my trip to Australia I hope to gain more knowledge and experience of the Racing Industry and this will in time help me to become a young trainer.”
With further news of the Scholarship, Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the NTF, which manages the administration, reports that from 2017, the Tim Dunlop Memorial Travelling Scholarship (TDMS), will take over sponsoring the Alex Scott Scholarship. TDMS is a charity that was set up by friends of Tim, in his memory, after he was tragically killed in a car accident in France at the age of 21 in 1987. The charity sponsors young people who wish to travel abroad to expand their experience in the thoroughbred industry initially as a prize for the best overall student on the main National Stud course, it now also sponsors a participant on this course as well.
Expressing his appreciation, Rupert Arnold said, “The NTF is delighted that the Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Scholarship has found a permanent home with the Tim Dunlop Memorial charity. We are immensely grateful to RTS for funding the Scholarship for the past four years. It is now appropriate for RTS to relinquish that responsibility and TDMS is a natural fit. As well as sharing objectives, there is the connection that Tim’s brother Ed was Alex’s assistant.”
Notes for editors:
- Alex Scott trained in Newmarket and handled champions Cadeaux Genereux, Sheikh Albadou and the two-year-old Lammtarra. After his death in 1994, Alex Scott’s family and friends set up an Assistant Trainers’ Scholarship giving the winner the chance to spend one month abroad gaining work experience with a trainer in the country of their choice. More details here on the NTF website.
- The Scholarship is currently worth £3000 to the winner funded by a grant from Racing to School. The application process is managed by the National Trainers Federation.
- The other judges were Stephen Wallis, RCA nominee on the Racing to School Board, and Rupert Arnold, Horsemen’s Group nominee on the Racing to School Board.