David Nicholson Newcomer Award

For those who have displayed a desire to improve, have progressed their skills and knowledge and become an integral part of the team while employed in the industry for less than three years as of 19 February 2018.

Qualities/Examples: of eagerness, willingness, enthusiasm, motivation and helpfulness.

Eligibility: All stud and stable staff employees who have been employed less than three years within the industry (e.g. work riders, stud grooms, administration staff).

Tips: Give examples of how the nominee has developed their experience and skills since joining the yard/stud to demonstrate the contribution that has been made by the nominee since their arrival. Highlight any specific horse, race, moment on the yard or stud between from Nov 2016 – Nov 2017 that makes the nominee particularly worthy of the Award.

Prize money – £2000 to the winner, £2000 to the winner’s yard/stud. £1000 to each runner-up (x2), £1000 to each runner-up’s yard/stud.

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 2019 (exact dates will be confirmed by September 2018) 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 2019 to confirm that this is the case.

 

Leadership Award

For those managing two or more staff who have displayed leadership qualities amongst their colleagues, a desire to succeed in the industry and strong mentoring skills that have been to the benefit of those around them.

Qualities/Examples: of how the nominee has progressed their career, leadership, mentoring, self-discipline and ambition.

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

Tips: To show why the nominee stands out at an exemplary member of staff. To demonstrate the contribution that the nominee has made to the yard/stud since their arrival. To highlight how they share their wealth of experience with the younger members of the team. To include a highlight moment in 2017 (between Nov 2016 — Nov 2017) that makes them particularly worthy of winning the award.

Prize money – £5000 to the winner, £5000 to the winner’s yard/stud. £2000 to each runner-up (x2), £2000 to each runner-up’s yard/stud.

 

Rider/Groom Award

For those who have shown talent for horsemanship, consistency and reliability in and out of the saddle and/or have achieved something outstanding in 2017 season either in an equine or personal capacity.

Qualities/Examples: of the nominee’s riding skills, progress, determination, reliability and hard work within the role.

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

Tips: To include the nominees strengths as a rider and/or groom. To demonstrate how the nominee contributes to the overall performance of the yard. To highlight any specific horse, race or moment (between Nov 2016 — Nov 2017) that makes the nominee all the more worthy of winning the award.

Prize money – £5000 to the winner, £5000 to the winner’s yard. £2000 to each runner-up (x2), £2000 to each runner-up’s yard.

 

Stud Staff Award

This Award is for those who have shown expertise, dedication and reliability, excellent horsemanship, adaptability and teamwork, while employed within a stud.

Qualities/Examples: of expertise, horsemanship, passion, adaptability and flexibility.

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

Tips: To include a description of the role the nominee plays at the stud. To demonstrate the key attributes that make the nominee so vital to the stud. To highlight a particular moment with a mare foaling, a stallion, a foal at foot or an remarkable act in 2017 (between Nov 2016 — Nov 2017) that makes the nominee particularly worthy of winning this award.

Prize money – £5000 to the winner, £5000 to the winner’s stud. £2000 to each runner-up (x2), £2000 to each runner-up’s stud.

 

Dedication to Racing Award

For a member of staff who has served a minimum of 15 years in the industry, is an integral part of the team, offers a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and a love and dedication of their job.

Qualities/Examples: of longevity, perseverance, passion, loyalty and commitment.

Eligibility: all stud and stable staff employees who have worked in the industry for more than 15 years (e.g work riders, yard support staff, stud manager, assistant trainers, head groom, travelling head staff, stud and racing grooms, office managers/administrative staff).

Tips: To show why the nominee stands out as an exemplary member of staff. To demonstrate the contribution that the nominee has made to the yard/stud since their arrival. To highlight how they share their wealth of experience with the younger members of the team. To include a highlight moment in 2017 (between Nov 2016 — Nov 2017) which makes them particularly worthy of winning the award.

Prize money – £5000 to the winner, £5000 to the winner’s yard/stud. £2000 to each runner-up (x2), £2000 to each runner-up’s yard/stud.

 

Rory MacDonald Community Award

This award, in conjunction with Racing Welfare, is to recognise those who have shown outstanding contribution to the racing industry. This could include those who support the stud and stable staff or have made an outstanding contribution to benefit the wider racing community. Nominees for this award do not need to be employed by the racing industry but are those unsung community heroes who contribute to the greater good of the sport.

Qualities/Examples: of commitment, determination, motivation, bravery in the face of adversity.

Eligibility: any individual connected directly or indirectly with racing demonstrating the above qualities/examples (e.g. support staff, employees of equine and welfare charities, training providers or other).

Tips: To demonstrate how the work of the nominee helps within their local community. To show the importance of their contribution to the racing industry as a whole. To highlight any specific/ heroic act the nominee has carried out in 2017 (between Nov 2016 — Nov 2017) that makes them particularly worthy of winning the award.

Prize money – £5000 to the winner, £5000 to the charity of their choice. £2000 to each runner-up (x2), £2000 to each runner-up’s charity of their choice.

 

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

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.

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