Thursday 18 July 2019

Jack and Tim's excellent summer adventure with Horse Racing Ireland

Bill Browne

Two enterprising Cork students will spend the summer immersed inside the 'sport of kings' after winning prestigious internships with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI).

Jack Lenihan from Glantane, Mallow and Tim Hinchion from Macroom are among a group of seven interns who will spend 10-weeks learning the intricacies of the Irish horse racing sector under the HRI's annual Student Internship initiative. 

Jack is set to be at the forefront of the helping organise the smooth running of the summer programme events at one of Ireland's top racecourses after temporarily joining the marketing department at Leopardstown. 

A student at Carlow IT Jack, who has a Bachelor's Degree in Product Design Innovation and a H.Dip in Digital Media Design, will be a pivotal member of the team at the racecourse assisting with the organisation of a busy list of summer race meets. 

His role will also encompass the promotion of headline events including the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown music evenings and the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. 

"I applied for the HRI internship as I felt that it was the perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for racing, my practical knowledge and my academic skills to further develop my career," said Jack. 

"With the Bulmers Live Series currently underway there is a great buzz and excitement in the office. Everyone has been very welcoming and I am looking forward to learning what I can from the team here at Leopardstown this summer," he added. 

Tim, a third year BCommerce student at UCC, will spend the summer with Tote Ireland at HRI's head office in Kildare, where he will assist with various operational activities including digital marketing, website maintenance and undertaking on-course surveys and promotions across all the HRI racecourses. 

No stranger to the industry, Tim is the finance officer for UCC's Horse Racing Society, spent last summer working at Castlehyde Stud in Fermoy and has worked in training yards for trainers Eoghan O'Grady and Mary Hallanan.  

"Getting to work for Tote Ireland this summer is an amazing opportunity for me. I love all things horse racing and to be working for a business that gives back to that trade is fantastic," said Tim. 

"There are some great people in Tote, and I look forward to learning from them. The summer will be jam packed with action and I look forward to making connections throughout the industry."

Sarah Meiklereid of Horse Racing Ireland said the internship programme, now in its sixth year, was a unique opportunity for students to expand their industry contacts, broaden their knowledge and gain valuable experience in all aspects of the industry.

"Our interns will gain an insight into the world of work behind the scenes in some of HRI's key departments and subsidiaries, where they will get practical experience and the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the industry over the next three months."