Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards “more important than ever”

Mon 28 Sep 2020

The Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards have been described as “more important than ever” as the nominations window for the 2021 awards opened.

Now in their 17th year, the awards recognise and reward the outstanding skills, commitment and contribution of more than 10,000 stud and stable staff in England, Scotland and Wales.

With £128,500 in prize money, the awards recognise and celebrate the remarkable dedication, hard work and passion of the people who provide the best possible care to our horses and people.

Changes have been made to the prize money structure ahead of next year, to recognise the outstanding quality of shortlisted nominees in all categories. Any applicant who makes the shortlist of 10 but does not progress to the final three will receive £250 to mark the significant achievement of making the shortlist and also to distribute existing prize money more widely, given the widespread financial impact of COVID-19.

Flashback: Last year's winners reflect on their victories

The 2021 awards will particularly look to recognise the extraordinary challenges faced by stud and stable staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, both during the suspension of racing to keep yards and studs moving and since its resumption to adapt to the changes brought by the virus.

The effects of COVID-19 have also brought changes to the format of the awards and judging process, with the judging day for the finalists on February 22 likely to be conducted remotely.

The subsequent awards ceremony will be replaced by an interactive virtual event, allowing finalists to be with their yards, studs, friends and family to engage with the ceremony from a familiar location. A celebratory event is being planned for summer 2021, subject to the relevant government guidance.

Make your nominations now for the 2021 awards!

 Last year's winners are all smiles
Last year's winners are all smiles

Video nominations will again be accepted for the 2021 awards to ensure the nominations procedure is as fair and inclusive as possible for all those involved.

Racing TV’s Nick Luck takes over from Brough Scott as Chair of the judging panel and said: “I’m in little doubt that in taking over from Brough I have some large shoes to fill. It’s a great pleasure to be involved in these awards and I’m sure that as ever the panel will have an unenviable task in picking the winners from what is likely to be as strong a field of nominations as there has ever been.”

Hugh Anderson, Managing Director of Godolphin (UK and Dubai), said: “In this extraordinary year it is more important than ever that we reward those dedicated, hardworking people who do so much behind the scenes of the racing and breeding industries.

“The challenges that both industries have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic have been on a scale unlike anything we have felt before, and those who work with our horses day in, day out have shown outstanding commitment in keeping our industries going.

“Godolphin is delighted to be continuing its support of these awards and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of stud and stable staff up and down the land again in 2021.”

Anyone can nominate anyone who is employed in a racing yard or stud directly or indirectly including administrative staff. Don’t delay – get nominating!

View here for an example of a previous successful nomination, which may help as a useful guide and what to consider and include in your nomination.

The awards are generously sponsored by Godolphin, produced by The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in association with Racing TV and The Racing Post.

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