Racing yards and stud farms from all over Britain will be represented at the tenth annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards following the announcement of the three finalists in each of five categories. The winners will be named at a prestigious awards dinner at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on Tuesday, February 25.
The recipient of the overall Employee of the Year award, who will receive £15,000 with the same amount also being awarded to the winner’s yard or stud, will be decided by the judges from amongst the winners of the Leadership, Rider Groom, Stud Staff and Dedication to Racing categories, which will be announced by host Clare Balding during the awards ceremony.
With a total of £120,000 in prize-money on offer, the winners of the Leadership, Rider Groom, Stud Staff and Dedication to Racing categories will receive a prize of £5,000 with an additional £5,000 also being awarded to the winner’s yard or stud. The two runners-up in these categories will win £2,000 each, with the same amount going to their year or stud.
The winner of the Administration Staff Award, who has already been selected by the judges and is invited to attend the awards ceremony in London along with the other finalists, will receive £5,000, with the same amount going to their yard or stud.
The winner of the David Nicholson Newcomer Award will receive £2,000, with the same amount going to their yard or stud, while two runners-up will receive £1,000 each, with the same amount for their yard.
2014 GODOLPHIN STUD AND STABLE STAFF AWARDS FINALISTS
Leadership Award: Tony Gorman (Richard Hannon); Adam Kite (Ralph Beckett); Rory O’Dowd (Brian Meehan).
Rider Groom Award: Tony Garth (Saeed bin Suroor); Leanne Masterson (Andrew Balding); Alfie Mills (Mark Johnston).
Stud Staff Award: Jayne Bushby (Upton Viva Stud); Gerry Meehan (Newsells Park Stud); Becky Stebbing (New England Stud).
Dedication to Racing Award: Michael Ashley (John W Hills); Stuart Jackson (David Simcock); Maxine Ledger (Richard Hannon).
David Nicholson Newcomer Award: Emma Dwyer (Mark Johnston); Ben James (William Haggas); Scott Sainsbury (Andrew Balding).