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2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff, acknowledging the huge contribution they make to the Australian racing and breeding industry.

There are seven award categories with an overall Thoroughbred Excellence Award recognising an exceptional contribution to the industry. Each award winner receives a specially commissioned trophy and a share of the $100,000 prize-pool.

  • The awards is open to any stud and stable staff employed in Australia who are a registered employee of their stud or stable. 
  • Nominations for the awards can be made by, but are not limited to, trainers, owners, breeders, stable staff, stud staff, office personnel and office administrators.
  • Nominations are now open and will close at midnight (AEST) on Monday, 19 February, 2018. Nominations received after this date will not be accepted.
  • Head to: www.studandstablestaffawards.com.au to nominate

Award Categories 

Leadership Award (Stud or Stable)

An award to an individual staff member in a managerial or supervisory role in a stud or stable who has displayed leadership qualities – in particular in terms of quality people management, mentoring and support of staff, attention to workplace health and safety, commitment to continuous improvement and displaying good business acumen. Trophy and $10,000 to winner with $3,000 to employer to share amongst staff. $1,000 to the runner-up.

Horsemanship Award (Stud or Stable)

An award to an individual staff member who has shown talent for horsemanship, consistency and reliability in or out of the saddle. Must include an affinity with horses and gives a priority to animal welfare. Must demonstrate a degree of success with the thoroughbred, whether it be in breeding or racing or both, that has been borne out of their particular skill set. Trophy and $10,000 to winner with $3,000 to employer to share amongst staff. $1,000 to the runner-up.

Dedication to Breeding Award

An award to an individual staff member who has shown talent in thoroughbred breeding horsemanship, consistency and reliability in a stud role. Must have at least 5 years’ service in the breeding industry and must have been pivotal in his or her employer’s success. Trophy and $10,000 to winner with $3,000 to employer to share amongst staff. $1,000 to the runner-up.

Dedication to Racing Award

An award to an individual staff member who has shown talent for horsemanship in the racing field, consistency and reliability in racing role. Must have at least 5 years service in the racing industry and must have been pivotal in his or her employer’s success. Trophy and $10,000 to winner with $3,000 to employer to share amongst staff. $1,000 to the runner-up.

Administration and Ancillary Services Award (Stud or Stable)

An award to an individual staff member who works in an administration role in a stud or racing yard or services ancillary to racing or breeding (such as Race Club administrators and staff, stud or stable administration staff, farm, garden and maintenance staff). Must demonstrate exceptional skills, loyalty or some achievement that has added value to their employer’s business, and directly or indirectly to industry standards. Trophy and $10,000 to winner with $3,000 to employer to share amongst staff. $1,000 to the runner-up.

Thoroughbred Care and Welfare Award

An award to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the care and welfare of thoroughbreds who are not actively racing, and/or created a greater awareness, passion and care for the thoroughbred horse in its second/alternate career (breeding, breaking, pre and post racing career, re-homing, retraining, providing a comfortable retirement etc.). These may be, for example, a quite achiever/ paid or volunteer in retraining or re-homing of the thoroughbred. (This winner will not be eligible for the Thoroughbred Excellence Award). Trophy and $10,000 to winner with $3,000 to employer to share amongst staff. $1,000 to the runner-up.

Newcomer Award (Stud or Stable)

An award to an individual who has worked in the industry, in any capacity, for less than 3 years. Winner will display passion for, pride in and an excellent contribution to, the thoroughbred industry. The winner will stand out from other newcomers and will be identified as a future and significant valuable member of this industry. (This winner will not be eligible for the Thoroughbred Excellence Award). *Note – Additional conditions will apply to the trip to Dubai, including as to timing (to coincide with the visit by other International winners), the terms of the travel, and associated matters. Trophy, $5,000 and trip to Dubai* to winner with $3000 to employer to share amongst staff.
$1000 to the runner-up


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