Irish National Stud Scholarship for an Irish Citizen 2025

"Gerry’s ability to pass on his knowledge and teach others has helped so many of us and the scholarship is a fitting tribute to his legacy, I know he would be very proud.  I will always be grateful that I can call Gerry both a mentor and friend."
- Nick Cope, Stud Groom at Ballyphilip Stud

Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation
Irish National Stud Scholarship for an Irish Citizen 2025
In Memory of Gerry Dilger


The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship was established in memory of Gerry Dilger (1958-2020), by his family and closest friends. Gerry was a native of Co. Clare, Ireland, and came to America at the young age of 19, to pursue his passion in the horse industry. In 1994, he established Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and had a successful career as a horseman, breeding and consigning thoroughbred horses. Over the next 26 years, he mentored young people who had the same dreams as he did. He took in over 65 young people during his career as his own, helping them gain hands-on experience, sharing knowledge and skills to be successful, and teaching them how to be a respected horseman. He instilled in them the values he had himself; hard work, honesty, expertise, kindness, generosity, loyalty, and above all, a good spirit. Gerry was loved and well- respected in the horse community, and we hope to honor him by continuing his legacy helping young people with their careers.

There is a link to the Irish National Stud application on our home page. The application below ONLY needs to be completed after applying to, and being accepted to the Irish National Stud.

Application Requirements:

  • Currently working in the equine industry
  • Resident of Ireland
  • Must apply first directly to the Irish National Stud by October 1, 2024. See our homepage for a link to the application. If selected, they will provide you with information about eligibility and how to apply for our scholarship.


This Scholarship Provides:

  • Fully paid tuition (approx. $5,600) for the Irish National Stud Breeding Program in Kildare, Ireland, including room and board.
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