"I certainly would not be where I am today without Gerry’s help and encouragement over the five years that I spent there... A great mentor and a great friend.”
- Paula Flannery (1998 - 2003)
on 11/20/2023

From Ireland to the Kentucky Experience, three scholarship recipients announced

(Larry Mulvany, Hunter Valley Farm scholarship recipient) The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of the Kentucky experience scholarship which now selects candidates to place on Kentucky farms for one year starting this January. The charity was set up in memory of Gerry Dilger who mentored so many young people over the years at his Dromol...

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on 09/14/2023

Luis Ettedgui and Grace Hamilton awarded 2024 Irish National Stud scholarships

The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is delighted to announce its latest scholarship recipients for the 2024 Irish National Stud Thorough Breeding Management Program. The scholarships have been awarded to Luis Ettedgui and Grace Hamilton.Luis is a Venezuelan native and a graduate from the University of Kentucky’s Equine Science & Management program. During his time in ...

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on 07/06/2023

Irish National Stud graduation class 2023, Darcie Murray and Ciara Russell

Darcie and Ciara, Gerry Dilger Equine scholarship recipients pose with their class upon graduating on June 28. Darcie is on the extreme left and Ciara is at the front, five from the right

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on 07/06/2023

Congrats to Darcie Murray and Ciara Russell who graduated from the Irish National Stud

The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is thrilled for and proud of Darcie and Ciara who graduated from the world renowned Irish National Stud program on June 28.

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on 02/23/2023

Global scholarships given to Jayne Redmond for the USA and Darcie Murray for the Irish National Stud

The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce its latest recipients of scholarships benefiting young people globally who are eager to learn and experience the bloodstock business. The foundation’s board grants these scholarships to candidates who wish to further their life and horse education by granting them the opportunity to travel, work and learn in the ...

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on 12/29/2022

Elle Sorensen placed at Hunter Valley Farm, Kentucky for 2023

Press Release dated December 28th 2022.On behalf of the board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation we would like to congratulate Elle Sorensen, a resident of County Limerick, who is one of our 2023 Scholarship winners. She will be placed at Hunter Valley Farm in Lexington, for the upcoming breeding season. Hunter Valley will provide a great opportunity for Elle to l...

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on 12/08/2022

Foundation makes donation for toys for children at Bluegrass Farms Charities Festival of Christmas

The Bluegrass Farms Charities held their annual Festival of Christmas on December 7, 2022 at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, KY. In attendance were families of farm employees from all over the region. The foundation was very pleased to make a donation for educational toys that were purchased for the children of those families in attendance.Jane Kwasniewski, executive director of...

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on 11/28/2022

Ciara Russell's experience at Springhouse Farm

Ciara hard at work at Springhouse Farm"My time in the horse capital of the world, Kentucky was a brilliant and memorable experience. The memories I have made through the people, horses and places visited will be cherished for the rest of my life. I arrived at Kentucky in June and was put straight to work as the yearling prep was well underway at Springhouse Farm. I was working in the ...

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on 09/15/2022

September 2022 progress report by the Dilger family

September 1, 2022Dear Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Contributors,Since we commenced our organization in the second half of 2020, we have been pretty busy, and we wanted to send a progress report about what we have been doing! Life to date we have awarded scholarships to eight most deserving young people who are pursuing a career in the thoroughbred industry.We have sent three student...

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on 09/07/2022

Foundation provides a bursary to Eva McGlone Falter, a student at the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

The foundation was contacted earlier this year by CAFRE to provide an annual bursary to one of their students to help pay for their equine classes there. After doing some research, learning of the many Kentucky farms already providing bursaries, and some great comments from Joe Osborne about the success of the many CAFRE graduates he knew, we decided to offer the bursary. It was awarded to Ev...

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on 08/30/2022

Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation golf tournament fundraiser

        . . . helping young people get a leg up on their equine careers – check out our website at to see what we have been doing! Please Join us for our Inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser!Monday, October 10, 2022, 1:00 PMHouston Oaks Golf Course555 Houston Oaks Drive, Paris, KY 40...

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on 07/28/2022

Roisin Whelan & Gemma Blumenshine graduate from the Irish National Stud class of 2022

 On behalf of our board, we would like to congratulate Roisin Whelan and Gemma Blumenshine on their graduation from the Irish National Stud in June 2022! Both girls worked very hard, learned a lot, and finished successfully. We are excited to welcome Roisin to Kentucky next, as she will be traveling here to work on Springhouse Farm. Great job girls and we wish you much succe...

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on 07/21/2022

Gemma Blumenshine blog from Ireland

In the fall of 2021, I was lucky enough to be the recipient of the Gerry Dilger Foundation scholarship in partnership with the Kentucky Equine Management Internship. The scholarship was to send one KEMI intern to participate in the Irish National Stud Breeding management program for six months in Kildare Ireland. It is an honor to be chosen to attend this prestigious program which is now also cert...

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on 07/05/2022

Roisin Whelan Blog

As the end of June approaches, it is time to reflect on the last six months and myexperience of the Irish National Stud Course. I was filled with excitement and delightwhen it was announced that I had been accepted onto this prestigious course andwas honored to have been awarded a scholarship from The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation. The hands-on aspect of the c...

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on 01/01/2022

Luke Kevin to Lane's End in 2022

The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation with great donor support has granted several scholarships throughout 2021 for young people to further their experience and education in the bloodstock industry in the spirit of the horseman it is named for. The board is pleased to announce its final scholarship for the 2022 breeding season has been awarded to University of Limerick student and Cashel,...

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on 12/09/2021

Roisin Whelan awarded a grant to attend the Irish National Stud in 2022

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Foundation is pleased to announce the second of its one time only scholarships for 2022. Earlier this year the foundation had granted its first one time only scholarship for a student enrolled in the University of Kentucky Equine program. We are now delighted to reveal that Roisin Whelan will be the recipient of the second award, a scholarship to the Irish Nati...

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on 11/04/2021

Irish National Stud/KEMI 2022 scholarship awarded to Gemma Blumenshine

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship foundation is delighted to announce Gemma Blumenshine as the recipient of its annual scholarship to the Irish National Stud in conjunction with KEMI. Each year the charity awards a number of scholarships dedicated to the memory of Gerry Dilger. Gemma's profile and strong work ethic impressed the board as the candidate who is most deserving ...

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on 09/28/2021

Exciting new developments for the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce some exciting new developments to further expand opportunities for young people in the thoroughbred industry. Due to ongoing Covid travel restrictions, the 2021 Springhouse Farm recipients, Rachael Doran and Ciara Russell, were unfortunately unable to travel from Ireland to Kentucky. However, they will proceed with ...

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on 02/02/2021

Rachel Doran and Ciara Russell

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce two further scholarships for 2021 to Irish students currently studying Animal Science Equine at University College Dublin. Rachel Doran and Ciara Russell have been awarded a placement at Springhouse Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Both award recipients impressed the board with their enthusiasm, positivity, and willingn...

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on 02/02/2021

Normarie Santiago Cruz

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce Normarie Santiago Cruz as the first recipient of three annual scholarships. In memory of Gerry Dilger, our scholarships are awarded to promote and encourage young people, as they embark on a career in the bloodstock industry.Normarie has been selected by the board to receive funding and assistance to enable her ...

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