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Godolphin Forum for Education

Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket, UK 20th – 22nd November 2019

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the Thoroughbred Industry,

A group of us gathered together in Newmarket this week for a forum to consider the opportunities and challenges facing our industry across the world in the areas of education and community engagement and development.

We came together from four continents and diverse roles, convinced that, by having an open and honest conversation, sharing our knowledge, and working together we can ensure a sustainable and successful future.

Our industry is special. It is a wonderful, global sport with great heritage. It is socially inclusive and diverse, and it unites us all behind the love of the horse.

At the same time, we are facing significant challenges: some longstanding and some newer ones; some specific to our industry, and some which affect the communities and society around us. In our discussions, we didn’t underplay these. Indeed, we acknowledged that many of our ambitions and aspirations will be unattainable until they’re addressed.

We were also heartened by a number of powerful opportunities, and the many assets that we have: some of them unique to us.

By 2023, we want our education, community engagement and workforce development strategies to leverage all our assets; to make us greater than the sum of our parts, and to attract, engage, inspire and retain the commitment of future generations.

To bring our vision to life, we need to take concerted action. At our forum, we have started the development of three-year plans at national and global levels, setting out how we aim to work together. These plans will be published early in 2020, but before then, a number of immediate actions have already been agreed, including the setting up of a global group to co-ordinate activities.

Perhaps the most important message that we wish to convey to you at this stage is that we have never felt more united in our determination to use education and development to enrich the lives of more people, and to engage them within our great industry. We urge you to join us, and to contribute your energy and assets to the achievement of our global vision and mission.

We will update you on progress by the end of March 2020, and we will make sure that our efforts are sustained until our vision becomes reality.

Yours sincerely, The Attendees of the Forum

Masahisa Arakawa, Japan
David Armstrong, UK
Cathal Beale, Ireland
Price Bell, USA
Remi Bellocq, USA
Brian Bergin, Ireland
John Blake, UK
Didier Budka, France
Elaine Burke, Ireland
Ed Chamberlin, UK
Olivier Delloye, France
Sandy Dudgeon, UK
Zoe Elliott, UK
Alice Fox-Pitt, UK
Philip Freedman, UK
Nick Froy, UK
Dawn Goodfellow, UK
John Gosden, UK
Cliodhna Guy, Ireland
Grant Harris, UK
Rob Hezel, UK
Rachel Hood, UK
Cate Johnson, USA 
Penny Johnston, France 
Dr Julia Sykes, Dubai 
Shingo Kanzaki, Japan 
Brian Kavanagh, Ireland 
Clodagh Kavanagh, Ireland 
Will Lambe, UK 
Marin Le Cour Grandmaison, France 
Charlie Liverton, UK 
Lindy Maurice, Australia 
Grainne Murphy, Ireland 
Greg Nichols, Australia (absentee)
Cathy O’Meara, USA 
Rio Obata, Japan 
Bernhard Opitz, France 
John Osborne, Ireland 
Annamarie Phelps, UK 
Tom Reilly, Australia (absentee)
Keith Rowe, Ireland 
Nick Rust, UK 
Amy Starkey, UK 
Laura Winstanley, UK 

Godolphin attendees
Hugh Anderson, UK
Liam O'Rourke, UK
Joe Osborne, Ireland
Diana Cooper, UK
Penny Taylor, UK
Ciara Devitt, Ireland
Lisa-Jane Graffard, France
Katie LaMonica, USA
Emma Ridley, Australia
Yasuko Sawai, Japan

To see how the week unfolded, watch our video here.

All media enquiries should be directed to Alison Horan on +44 7918 085 400 or