The results of my Instagram poll showed that you guys are interested in following my journey through the MASAR by Godolphin program.
Firstly, MASAR is a program established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is a 10 month program concentrated on the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Industry in Dubai, UK, and Ireland, in order to create influential leaders in the UAE.
This is delivered through different modes of education, from academic classroom lectures, to experiential training, shadowing, and work experience.
The recruitment process was rather stressful, as it is a process of elimination. It starts off with an online application which includes an essay, then an online interview, an assessment day, which consists of team exercise, test, presentation and a one on one interview.
Once we were chosen, we had some time to get to know one another, jumping straight into team building exercises and positive dynamics. After a tour of Godolphin stables and getting to know the team, we started attending the races at Meydan Racecourse, where we were all assigned horses to report and officially introduced to the media as the MASAR 2018 batch.
Have you visited the #Godolphin art installation showcasing @HHShkMohd's love of horses and horseracing @CityWalkDubai? Hurry, it closes Saturday evening! #Godolphin #Art #ArtGallery #CityWalkDubai #MyDubai #Horses #Horseracing 🇦🇪 هل سبق لك زيارة معرض جودلفين الذي يستعرض شغف صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم بالخيول وسباقاتها في سيتي ووك بدبي؟ سارع بالزيارة لأن المعرض سيغلق مساء السبت
Aside from our weekly races, we attended academic lectures on Equine behaviour and nutrition in order to get a slight understanding of horses before heading to the UK. Research topics were established for us in order to prepare different papers and presentations on a variety of topics related to the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. These research papers are consistent throughout the 10 months in order to further enhance not only our academic writing skills, but also our knowledge on the topics, and our presentation skills.
We also went through a rigorous fitness test which put a benchmark on each of our fitness levels as riding is very a strenuous sport. This also means that our diets had to be adjusted in order to get the best out of our bodies and keep them healthy and fit.
A riding assessment held by the British Racing School was done in Dubai, in order to see where our levels lie as riding thoroughbreds is part of the program.
With the endless support of our great mentor and manager Ali Al Ali, we have made it through the first two months and are currently freezing in the UK 😜 , just ending a month now here, and will update you soon on what we have done so far 😉
As hard as it was to say goodbye to Tofino, it has truly been a great honor and an amazing experience so far, and I cannot wait to continue to grasp what is yet to come ❤
Thank you #teamgodolphin