Nathan Trumper has headed a strong group of applicants to win the 2021 Keith and Faith Taylor Trust Equine Scholarship.
Administered by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, the scholarship will support Trumper to travel to Ireland early next year to attend the world renowned Irish National Stud and complete the breeding diploma.
Like many, Trumper’s early introduction to the thoroughbred industry came through family ties when helping out at his grandparent’s stud and training establishment in Te Aroha.
While in his final year at New Plymouth Boys’ High School, Trumper completed his study while working for successful trainer Allan Sharrock. He then crossed the Tasman to work for Newgate Farm where he was involved in every aspect of stud work; yearling preparation, breeding season operations including handling stallions, and night watch.
On returning to New Zealand Trumper joined the team at Waikato Stud to prepare yearlings for the 2020 sale at Karaka before taking up his current position at Blandford Lodge which he combines with part-time work for racing powerhouse Te Akau.
Trumper is also involved in the industry from an ownership perspective having shares in the John Trumper-trained Dawnting, who ran third at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup day, and a Vadamos colt which has been retained to race.
Trumper is looking forward to travelling to Ireland and the opportunities the scholarship will present.
“I’m looking forward to travelling to the northern hemisphere and seeing how they do things up there,” Trumper said. “It will be good to meet different people from around the world and build on my knowledge and skills.
“I know I will need to work to the best of my abilities to gain a deep understanding of course curriculum which will be beneficial to me long term as I build my career in thoroughbreds.
“I’m grateful to the Taylor family for supporting the scholarship and look forward to working at Trelawney Stud on my return to New Zealand.” -NZTBA