Frequently Asked Questions

What are The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards?

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards were initiated in 2005 to recognise the achievements of racing’s key staff. They are run by the British Horseracing Authority, in association with the Racing Post. They are generously sponsored by Godolphin, who have pledged over £120,000 prize money, with up to £40,000 for an individual yard or stud. There are six categories and there is prize money to third place; winners and two runners-up for each category. The prize money that the winners and runners-up receive is match-funded and the same amount goes to their yard or stud.

Who is eligible to enter the awards?

The competition is open to any candidate currently employed as stud or stable staff within England, Wales or Scotland at the time of nomination. Candidates for the Rory Macdonald Community Award do not necessarily have to be stud or stable staff employees.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate; so colleagues, owners, trainers, breeders, yard and stud managers are welcome to nominate staff or colleagues for the awards.

When do I nominate?

Nominations are open from Saturday 8 July 2017 and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017. Nominations for the 2018 awards will include the achievements of employees during the period from the 2016 Cheltenham Open Meeting in November to the 2017 Cheltenham Open Meeting.

How do I nominate?

Thank you for your interest but nominations are now closed.

What are the award categories?

Please click here to obtain information on all the award categories and prize-money allocated.

I’ve entered a candidate before and wasn’t successful. Why should I nominate again?

Every year there are hundreds of worthwhile applicants and we’d love to choose each of them to win a prize in recognition of their efforts. Even if your nominee does not become a finalist they will however receive a certificate to show that even being nominated is a feat in itself. Having spoken to many of the nominees, it is a huge boost to their self-esteem just to be nominated, so we would urge you to keep trying, even if not successful – it is hugely appreciated by those who are nominated.

If I nominated last year, can I re-nominate again?

Yes, anyone can be re-nominated for the awards except for the winner of the Employee of the Year Award. Previous finalists can be re-nominated but would have to be nominated for a different category.

How are the winners chosen?

There is a twelve-strong panel, geographically spread across Britain, bringing varied skill sets and experience when judging the nominations. The winners come from a cross-section of small and large flat and NH yards together with small and large stud farms.

What is the British Horseracing Authority?

The British Horseracing Authority is the regulatory body of the sport. It governs, regulates and represents British Horseracing. It leads and co-ordinates activities to ensure the overall health, development and growth of the industry with welfare of its horses and people as its priority.

What is Godolphin and what is its involvement?

Godolphin is the global thoroughbred breeding and horseracing stable founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Godolphin is the principal sponsor of the Awards and builds on the success of the sponsorship of Awards in England, Australia, America, France and Ireland.