The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, presented by Godolphin

2020 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards
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The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards presented by Godolphin recognize and reward the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff who are at the heart of our sport. Stay tuned for details on our 2020 virtual awards ceremony to take place on October 6!

2020 Finalists:

Leadership Award (Breeding)

Finalists

Matt Lyons (Candy Meadows Farm)
Wayne Clem (Claiborne Farm)
Christy Holden (Country Life Farm)

Leadership Award (Racing)

Finalists

Carmen McShane (D/M Racing)
Cindy Hutter (George Weaver Racing)
Roy Smith (Indiana Grand Racing and Casino)

Dedication to Breeding Award

Finalists

David Kyle (Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc.)
Helen Otero (Coolmore America)
Steve Avery (Taylor Made Sales Agency)

Dedication to Racing Award

Finalists

Gregory Smothers (Niall Brennan Stables)
Marcelo Arenas (Leah Gyarmati Stables)
Patrick “Shawn” Autry (McPeek Racing)

Administration Award

Finalists

Lynelle Fox-Smith (Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association)
Michele Holbrook (Silver Spring Stud)
Dionne Johnson (New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc.)

Newcomer Award

Finalists

Robert Cole (Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association)
Alexis Kolasa (Denali Stud)
Aaron West (Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC)

Community Award

Winner

Maria Cristina Vasquez (New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association)

Award Categories

Industry Supporters

Leadership Award – Breeding

(for those who serve in a managerial role)

An award to an individual in a supervisory or managerial role on a Thoroughbred farm, who displays exceptional leadership qualities – particularly in terms of motivating, mentoring and supporting colleagues in the workplace.

Qualities for nominees include
• High standard of management skills including organization and communication
• Sets clear goals and cultivates a team-oriented approach to achieve them
• Motivates and mentors fellow employees and is a valued role model in the workplace
• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the workplace
• Examples of positive influences on an individual’s and/or team’s performance

$7,500 to the winner and $2,500 to their farm (division) $2,500 to each runner-up and $2,500 to their farm (division)

Leadership Award – Racing

(for those who serve in a managerial role)

An award to an individual in a supervisory or managerial role in a Thoroughbred racing stable, who displays exceptional leadership qualities – particularly in terms of motivating, mentoring and supporting colleagues in the workplace.

Qualities for nominees include
• High standard of management skills including organization and communication
• Sets clear goals and cultivates a team-oriented approach to achieve them
• Motivates and mentors fellow employees and is a valued role model in the workplace
• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the workplace
• Examples of positive influences on an individual’s and/or team’s performance

$7,500 to the winner and $2,500 to their farm (division) $2,500 to each runner-up and $2,500 to their farm (division)