The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff, acknowledging the huge contribution they make to the Irish racing industry. There are 10 award categories with an overall Irish Racing Excellence Award recognising an exceptional contribution to the industry.
Each award winner receives a specially commissioned trophy and a share of the €80,000 prize fund.
Nominations must be in before 5:00pm on February 10th and can be made at www.studandstablestaffawards.ie.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the awards ceremony at The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny.
An award to an individual who works in any support service role within the thoroughbred racing and breeding sectors. This includes, but is not limited to, veterinary practices, farriers, horse transport, sales companies, horse dentists, physiotherapist and racing administration staff (racecourses, HRI and Turf Club employees).
An award to an individual who works in an administration role in the thoroughbred breeding and racing sector.
Newcomer Award (Stud and Stable employees)
An award to an individual who has been working in any area of the thoroughbred racing and/or breeding sector for less than five years as of Friday, February 10, 2017 and who has shown commitment to and ambition for a career in the industry, including a desire to improve and progress their skills and knowledge.
An award to an individual working in a thoroughbred racing yard or stud farm who has shown talent for horsemanship, dedication, reliability, team spirit and attention to detail in their care of horses.
An award to an individual working in a thoroughbred racing yard or stud farm who has shown exceptional horsemanship, dedication, team spirit and skill in the saddle such as breaking horses and/or riding out.
An award to an individual working as a Travelling Head Lad/Lass who, while representing their employer at the racecourse, sets and maintains high standards of horsemanship; organisational and communication skills and attention to detail.
An award to an individual in a supervisory or managerial role in a thoroughbred racing yard or stud farm who has displayed leadership, team spirit, and positive interpersonal skills.
An award for an individual who has worked for a minimum of 20 years in a full-time position in any area of the thoroughbred breeding and/or racing sectors. Nominees must be currently working in the industry, although persons currently working part-time (minimum 20 hours per week), having previously served 20 years full-time, may be included.
The Racecourse Award will be chosen by the Irish Stable Staff Association based on a quality programme survey with the purpose of setting quality standards for stable staff at all racecourses in Ireland. The racecourse with the highest score will win the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Racecourse Award.
Will be presented to one of the winners of the Administration, Newcomer, Horse Care, In the Saddle, Travelling Head Person, Leads by Example and Dedication to Racing and Breeding Awards who is, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most deserving of recognition for their commitment, hard work and ongoing contribution to the high standards and reputation of the Irish thoroughbred industry.