Award categories

David Nicholson Newcomer Award

£2,000 to winner, £2,000 to winner’s yard/stud - £1,000 to each runner-up (x2), £1,000 to each runner-up’s yard/stud

Eligibility: All stud and stable staff employees who have been employed in the industry for less than three years as of 18 February 2019. (e.g. stable staff, stud grooms, yard staff, work riders and administration staff)

Qualities:
• Desire to learn, improve and progress their skills and knowledge.
• Motivated and committed to become an integral part of the team and shown ambition for a career in the industry.
• Excellent work ethic, team spirit and willingness to help
• Has made a positive impact since their arrival

The winner will also receive an additional prize of an educational trip to Dubai. This will include return Emirates economy class flights from London to Dubai together with five nights’ accommodation in a luxury hotel and an educational tour of Dubai. This prize is to be taken in February/March 2020 (exact dates will be confirmed by September 2019) and shall be conditional on additional terms and conditions which the winner will be notified of following the Awards ceremony. The winner must be a stud or stable employee at the time of travel, and must provide a letter from his/her employer prior to travel in January 2020 to confirm that this is the case.

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Leadership Award

£5,000 to winner, £5,000 to winner’s yard/stud - £2,000 to each runner-up (x2), £2,000 to each runner-up’s yard/stud.

Eligibility: All stud and stable staff employees carrying out a leadership or supervisory role, managing two or more staff (e.g. head groom, travelling head person, stud manager/groom, office manager)

Qualities:
• Excellent leadership skills, committed to mentoring, motivating and supporting their colleagues
• Takes a genuine interest in the welfare and development of less experienced members of the team
• Leads by example in their conduct and demonstration of positive values and behaviours
• Ensures the environment in which they work is inclusive – involving and empowering team members and demonstrating respect for the talents, beliefs, and ways of living of their team

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Rider/Groom Award

Prize money – £5,000 to the winner, £5,000 to the winner’s yard. £2,000 to each runner-up (x2), £2,000 to each runner-up’s yard.

Eligibility: All stable staff employees (e.g. work riders and grooms)

Qualities:
• Excellent horsemanship
• Team spirit, attention to detail and reliability
• Prioritises equine welfare in everything they do
• Contributes to the overall performance of the yard through their commitment in and out of the saddle

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Stud Staff Award

Prize money – £5,000 to the winner, £5,000 to the winner’s stud. £2,000 to each runner-up (x2), £2,000 to each runner-up’s stud.

Eligibility: All stud staff employees (e.g. stud manager, stallion handler, stud groom, foaling specialist, stud secretary)

Qualities:
• Excellent horsemanship (if applicable)
• Team spirit, attention to detail and reliability
• Prioritises equine welfare in everything they do
• Positive contributor to the performance of the stud through their passion and dedication for the breeding industry

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Dedication Award

Prize money – £5,000 to the winner, £5,000 to the winner’s yard/stud. £2,000 to each runner-up (x2), £2,000 to each runner-up’s yard/stud.

Eligibility: All stud and stable staff employees who have worked in the industry for more than 15 years including those in administrative and office roles.

Qualities:
• Dedication and passion for their job and the wider industry
• Has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that is of great benefit to their employer, team, horses and the industry as a whole
• Loyalty, perseverance, commitment and continued passion

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Rory MacDonald Community Award

Prize money – £5,000 to the winner, £5,000 to the charity of their choice. £2,000 to each runner-up (x2), £2,000 to each runner-up’s charity of their choice.

Eligibility: any individual connected directly or indirectly with the industry who has made an outstanding contribution either to the lives of those working within the industry, or on racing’s behalf, in local communities to promote our sport as a force for good.

Qualities:
• Charitable, selfless and passionate
• Anyone who works, volunteers or fundraises for the benefit of those working in the industry, particularly those in need of additional support or guidance
• Goes above and beyond the requirements of their job to ensure individuals and the racing community as a whole feel welcome, supported and valued
• A champion of the values of our sport who has positively impacted on the lives of individuals and/or local, diverse communities through the wider reach of racing

This award was introduced in 2016, in conjunction with Racing Welfare, and is named in memory of Rory MacDonald who was Chief Executive of the British Racing School for 22 years who worked tirelessly in the wider racing community

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Employee of the Year Award – Revealed and announced on the night

Prizemoney – £15,000 to the winner, £15,000 to the winner’s yard/stud.

This Award can be won by any of the category winners above, aside from the winner of the David Nicholson Newcomer Award or the Rory MacDonald Community Award.