Thoroughbred studies now global

Southlander wins prestigious equine award

DON WRIGHT
Last updated 12:52 05/12/2013
Robert Dennis
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Former Southlander Robert Dennis has won the Sunline Educational Trust Award.

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Former Southlander Robert Dennis, of Woodlands, has won an important thoroughbred breeding award that will take him around the world to work at three leading nurseries.

The 21-year-old son of racing identity Tony Dennis is the 2013 winner of the prestigious Sunline Educational Trust Award backed by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and top New Zealand studs.

Dennis, who is employed at the Oaks Stud, Cambridge, is looking forward to taking up his prize at the end of February and returning to New Zealand in September 2014.

"On my return home, I have to commit myself to the New Zealand breeding industry for a year," Dennis said.

His first port of call will be 10 weeks' working at the Cheveley Park Stud at Newmarket in England before similar periods at Coolmore Stud in Ireland and Taylor Made Stud in Kentucky, United States.

Educated at James Hargest High School in Invercargill, Dennis graduated from Lincoln University in Christchurch with a B. Com degree and a double major in Economics and Business Management. He has been working at the Oaks Stud since August, being responsible for sales preparation of yearlings, foaling and servicing of broodmares.

His duties at The Oaks Stud have also included Ready To Run sales preparation.

"I have always been interested in horse racing and I hope to become an owner-breeder and trainer one day, that's my ambition," Dennis said.

"While I studied at Lincoln University, I enjoyed helping Riccarton trainers Kevin and Pam Hughes and Peter Rudkin as a general stable hand . . . I also enjoy following rugby, boxing and other sports, and the stockmarket and currency exchange fields."

His duties with the Riccarton trainers began at 5.30am, lasting about four hours, before going on to Lincoln University for the rest of the day.

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- The Southland Times

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