Every year the Taumarunui Racing Club is very proud to offer local students the opportunity to apply for bursary funding of up to $10,000 towards studies that are in any way equine or horse racing related. The bursary has been made available for about ten years now and in only two of those years there were no applicants, therefore we have been able to help a number of young people further their equine/veterinary studies.
Ellen Hodder from Owhango was 2016’s successful recipient and was awarded $2,500 towards her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree which she said would help ease some of her financial pressure.
The following year Ellen passed her exams and was accepted into the professional phase of her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at Massey University. She applied again for a bursary and the Taumarunui Racing Club was very pleased to award Ellen a further $5,000 in 2017.
Ellen said she would use the $5,000 to fund text books and course costs.
An update from Ellen Hodder in 2020: “I am still studying at Massey for my Bachelor of Veterinary Science – I am in my 5th year, so will graduate at the end of this year. It is going well so far, I am casting a wide net with my studies and specialising or “tracking” all three disciplines (production animal medicine, equine medicine and small animal medicine), and looking forward to coming back to Taumarunui to do some placement with Totally Vets”.
We are very proud of our Racing Club and our very successful race day each year and this is a little way that we can thank our local people for their support year after year. Please contact zn.oc.artx@bulcgnicarnmt for further details