Irish National Stud Scholarship 2025

"Gerry took the time to teach me many skills in my early days at Dromoland, but it was Gerry’s willingness to help someone starting out that left a lasting impression on me.  Gerry encouraged me to pursue my interest in nutrition and was hugely supportive when I commenced work in this field."
Joanne Hurley M.Agr. SC, (Dromoland Farm 1999 – 2002)
  Irish Country Manager, GAIN Equine Nutrition, Ireland

Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation
Irish National Stud Scholarship 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.

Gerry Dilger's Irish National Stud Class of 1977
Back Row L-R: D. Magee, INS; Bernard McCormack, Ireland; Patrick Kennedy,
Ireland; Placement student, John Hand, Ireland; Pierric Rouxel, France;
Patrick Lenihan, Ireland; Michael Osborne, INS
Middle Row L-R: Robert Lyons, Ireland; Patrick Martin, Ireland; Antonia Feeney,
Ireland; Redmond Cunningham, Ireland; Niamh Mullen, Ireland; Andrew Marsh,
Ireland; David Brophy, Ireland; Joseph O'Donoghue, Ireland
Front Row L-R: Timothy O'Brien, Ireland; Martina Monaghan, INS;
Gerard O'Brien, Ireland; Fintan Mc Manus, Ireland; Mary Ellen Trotter,
Canada; Gerard Dilger, Ireland; Maurice Burns, Ireland; Kenneth Bourke, Ireland

Application Requirements:

  • Currently working on a Kentucky horse farm with multiple years of experience, OR currently enrolled as a 2024 KEMI spring intern, or must have completed the program in fall of last year
  • Resident of the US
  • Bachelor’s degree in equine science preferred, but not required
  • Application and information due July 1, 2024 


This Scholarship Provides:

  • Airfare for student to travel to Ireland, and home at completion of program. Ticket must be economy/coach class, maximum amount $1500. Must provide proof of payment for reimbursement.
  • Fully paid tuition (approx. $6,600) for the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland, including room and board.
  • Travel/Medical insurance policy while in Ireland. Maximum $500.
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