Grace McBeath wins inaugural BASET Endeavour Award
Acknowledgements: Bernard Kenney and ‘Just Horse Racing’
Featured Image: Grace McBeath
It’s June, and inaugural BASET Thoroughbred Endeavour Award has been made to Grace McBeath, a talented young equestrian from New South Wales, Australia.
“I am really thankful for this amazing opportunity, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge internationally,’ said Grace. “This is a huge change for a girl from the Aussie bush!”
The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust, BASET, launched the BASET Thoroughbred Endeavour Award with Godolphin, British Racing School and Thoroughbred Industry Careers.
In supporting young people from Britain and Australia on careers in equine and racing industries, it’s to further develop their career and gain new skills and experience in international practices.
The award provides for an exchange between Australia and UK Thoroughbred industry students to work for 6 months in an iconic stable during peak racing seasons in the UK and Australia.
This award will also provide a 6 month with Sir Mark Prescott at Heath House Stables and Andrew Balding at Kingsclere Park House, two best-equipped private training stables in Britain.
Later this year, a second BASET Thoroughbred Endeavour Award will have a young person from Great Britain to be placed in Australia, arranged by Thoroughbred Industry Careers.
The BASET Thoroughbred Endeavour Awards is part of the UK-charity’s Endeavour Career Skills Awards Programme which supports people from Britain and Australia entering vocational careers.
It funds internships, apprenticeships and courses that provide real-world industry experience and facilitate an exchange of knowledge and expertise between Britain and Australia.
John May, Chair of BASET Trustees stated “We are thrilled to have partnered with The British Racing School and Thoroughbred Industry Careers to create this incredible opportunity for our award winners, it’s helping them to gain international experience working in racing. “
“We hope this exciting initiative will mark the start of a long-term collaboration between our organisations to support deserving young people from Britain and Australia and strengthen the bilateral bond between the two countries.”
“I would like to thank all the hard work done by Jim Paltridge on behalf of BASET and Diana Cooper of Godolphin, along with Andrew Brathwaite of BRS and Lindy Maurice from TIC in making this award happen.”
In following, Diana Cooper, the Strategic Advisor Charities for Godolphin who facilitated the creation of the new industry award stated, “We thank the BASET for choosing to include Thoroughbred Racing in their growing list of Endeavour awards.”
“That help to young Australians and Britain’s by encouraging cultural interaction and industry participation between the two countries and strengthens bonds within the industry.”
“Developing opportunities for young people in the industry is the ethos of Together for Racing International (TfRI) which Godolphin is proud to support.”
In Australia, Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) is a not-for-profit industry organisation founded by Lindy Maurice and to promote careers in the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Industry.
By introducing grassroots programs, it’s facilitating best practice education, training and mentoring pathways for those entering the industry and assists in developing retention and welfare strategies aimed at creating fulfilling and rewarding long term careers.