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Open nominations for the 2023 Student and Stable Employee Awards

Organizers are calling on employers in Australia’s Thoroughbred industry to use the holiday season to recognize the industry’s huge workforce — those who stay active 365 days a year — by nominating candidates Winner of the Stabilization and Agriculture Employee Award 2023.

The annual awards, spanning seven categories with a total prize pool of A$100,000, recognize and reward the dedication, hard work and passion of those at the heart of the industry. Purebred Australian: stable staff and staff.

The prize, which first launched in 2015, is supported by numerous backers, including Godolphin, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, Inglis and Magic Millions, with nominations for next year’s categories now open.

ANZ Bloodstock News is also supporting the annual awards as a media partner.

Tom Reilly, chief executive officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia believes the Livestock and Stability Officer Awards are a great way to recognize employees who stand up every day to ensure the smooth running of the industry.

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“I was lucky enough to attend the annual awards. It’s a great celebration for the women and men in the industry who keep the wheel spinning 365 days a year,” Reilly said. know yesterday.

“I think it also provides a great opportunity for employers and others to nominate employees as a way of recognizing their hard work.

“It’s something to get people thinking about how even going through the nomination process is a way to tell someone you appreciate their effort.”

Nominations can be made through website. Reilly says the award is for everyone, not just employees who work on big farms or large racehorse stables.

“The nomination process has been designed to be very simple and we are opening nominations well and early so people have plenty of time to think about it,” he said.

“Everyone has had almost two months to think about and submit their applications and we’re taking note of all the finalists.

“If you look at the honor lists of past winners, it’s a great example; we’ve had winners from across the country, from small farms, big farms, big coaches, small coaches, so the judges are really looking for people who have demonstrated exceptional talent and commitment and I would encourage anyone thinking of nominating someone to do so. go ahead and do it.”

He added: “First of all, the overall winner is Jenny Watson from Tasmania. She has worked at Armidale Stud for many years.

“Jenny was a great winner, but in the following years we’ve really proven that you don’t have to come from one of the bigger farms or one of the bigger coaches; the judges actually make their assessment based on the quality of the nominees.”

Nominations for the 2023 Student and Steadfast Employee Award will close on February 17, with the award ceremony being held on May 24 on the Gold Coast, coinciding with the Magic Millions nationwide sale.

Leadership Award (Study or Stability)—Sponsored by the Victoria Racing Club—Cup and A$10,000 to the winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

Award given to an individual employee in a managerial or supervisory role in a school or barn who has demonstrated leadership qualities—in particular, in quality people management, counseling and support employees, care about workplace health and safety, are committed to continuous improvement, and demonstrate business acumen.

Horsemanship Prize (Stud or Stable)—Sponsored by Inglis—Cup and A$10,000 to the winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

The award goes to an individual employee who has demonstrated riding talent, consistency, and reliability in or out of the saddle. Must include a close relationship with horses and a preference for animal welfare. Must demonstrate a degree of success with Purebred Dogs, whether it is in breeding or racing or both, born from their specific skill set.

A Devotion to Livestock Award—Sponsored by Magic Millions—Cup and A$10,000 to the winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

An award to an individual employee who has demonstrated talent in thoroughbred riding skill, consistency and reliability in the stallion role. Must have at least five years of service in the livestock industry and must play a key role in the employer’s success.

Racing Dedication Award—Sponsored by the Lawn Club of Australia—Cup and A$10,000 to the winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

An award to an individual employee who demonstrated equestrian talent in racing as well as consistency and reliability in a racing role. Must have at least 5 years of service in the racing industry and must play a key role in the employer’s success.

Administrative and Supportive Services Award—Sponsored by the MRC Foundation—Cup and A$10,000 to the winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

Award given to an individual working in any other administrative or support service role in the field of purebred breeding and racing. This includes, but is not limited to, management/company roles, sales positions, auctioneers, gardeners, veterinary practices, equine breeders, fencers, horse carriers , yard workers in sales companies, ranches or racecourses, equine dentists, and physiotherapists.

Purebred Care and Welfare Award—Sponsored by Racing Queensland—Cup and A$10,000 to the winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

Reward an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the care and welfare of Thoroughbred horses that are not actively racing, and/or created greater awareness, passion, and interest in Thoroughbred horses in its second/alternative career (breeding, breaking, pre- and post-race careers, retraining, retraining, providing a comfortable retirement, etc.). For example, this could be a quiet/salaried successful person or volunteering to retrain or re-educate the Purebred. (Winners will not be eligible for the Purebred Excellence Award.)

Newcomer Award (Study or Settling)—Sponsored by Thoroughbred Industry Careers and Marcus Oldham College—Cup, AU$5,000 to winner. $3,000 for the runner-up.

An award to an individual who has worked in the industry, in any capacity, for less than three years. Winners will demonstrate passion, pride and outstanding contributions to the Thoroughbred industry. The winner will stand out from other new entrants and will be identified as a valuable future member of the industry. (This winner will not be eligible for the Purebred Excellence Award.)

Purebred Excellence Award—Overall Award (Stud or Stable)—Sponsored by Godolphin—Cup and an additional AU$5,000 for the winner.

Winners will be selected from one of five categories (i.e., excluding the Thoroughbred Care and Welfare Award and the Newcomer Award). They must have made a significant contribution, especially to the industry.


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