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Ten things you should know about the awards:

  1. Anyone can nominate; so colleagues, owners, trainers, breeders, yard managers are welcome to nominate staff or colleagues for the awards.
  2. All those who get nominated will automatically receive a certificate to recognise that being nominated is a huge achievement in itself.
  3. Nominations for the 2017 awards will include the achievements of employees during the period from the 2015 Cheltenham Open Meeting to the 2016 Cheltenham Open Meeting.
  4. There are six categories: David Nicholson Newcomer Award; Rider/Groom Award; Leadership Award; Stud Staff Award; Dedication to Racing Award; Rory MacDonald Community Award.
  5. Last year the Rory MacDonald Community Award was launched in conjunction with Racing Welfare. It is for those unsung community heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the good of our industry, whether it be supporting its equine or human participants during or after their careers.
  6. There is more than £120,000 in prizemoney on offer, with up to £40,000 for an individual yard or stud. There is prize money to third place, winners and two runners-up for each of the six categories. The prize money that the winners and runners up receive is match-funded and the same amount goes to their yard or stud.
  7. There is a twelve-strong judging panel, geographically spread across Britain, bringing varied skill sets and experience when judging the nominations.
  8. You can re-nominate employees/colleagues that have been previously nominated. If they were finalists they can also be nominated but for an alternative category (except for winners of the Employee of the Year).
  9. The winners and finalists come from a cross-section of small and large flat and NH yards together with small and large stud farms. Last year’s Employee of the Year 2015 was Jessica Fortt from Dunraven Stud in Wales, the Employee of the Year 2016 was Gemma Hogg from Micky Hammond’s yard in the Midlands.
  10. Nominations open early this year from Wednesday 6 July to the Wednesday 16 November 2016. Applications can be downloaded or made online at

We look forward to receiving your nominations and wish you all the very best of luck.