2009 Awards winners

Employer of the Year Award

Peter Maughan

Travelling Head Lad for David Elsworth

Peter Maughan, Travelling Head Lad for David Elsworth’s yard in Newmarket, was named as Employee of the Year at the fifth annual Stud and Stable Staff Awards in London.

Grand National and Gold Cup winning Jockey Mick Fitzgerald, guest of honour and enjoying his second career as a broadcaster since his recent retirement from the saddle, presented Maughan with a cheque for £25,000 , £12,500 for Peter himself and £12,500 for his colleagues at Egerton House stables to share amongst themselves.

Maughan, who has worked in racing for 56 years, was also the winner in the Senior Staff category. In his time he has travelled some of the greats, including two of the most popular horses in recent memory – Desert Orchid and Persian Punch – as well as the likes of In The Groove and Barnbrook Again.

The full list of winners and runners up are as follows:

David Nicholson Newcomer Award
Winner: Lee Oswin, trainee Stable Lad – Gary Moore
Runners Up: Ellie Church, Stable Lass – Marcus Tregoning; Matthew Hampton, Rider/Groom with Philip Hobbs

Stud Staff Award
Winner: Paul Baker, Stud Groom/Manager – Usk Valley Stud
Runners Up: Roisin Close, Stud Groom – Tweenhills Stud; Deborah Dodd, Secretary and Stud Stable Hand – Louella Stud

Rider/Groom Award
Winner: Claire Knight, Rider/Groom – Jeremy Noseda
Runners Up: Hugh Fraser, Rider/Groom – John Berry; Mick Wilson, Stable Groom – William Haggas

Senior Staff Award
Winner: Peter Maughan, Travelling Head Lad – David Elsworth
Runners Up: Albert ‘Corky’ Browne, Head Lad – Nicky Henderson; Jim Hiner, Secretary – Michael Jarvis

Special Merit/Hero
Winner: Andy Gibson, Yardman – Stuart Williams
Runners Up: Sally Davies, General Assistant – Simon Dow; Ian Willows, Travelling Head Lad – Luca Cumani