Punchestown's Martin 'Snowy' Pearse has been nominated for an Irish Stable Staff award
Twelve out of the 24 finalists announced today for the 2018 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards hail from Kildare.
The finalists were shortlisted from almost 350 nominations received, the highest number of nominations received since Godolphin’s sponsorship of theawards began in 2015.
The winner in each of these categories will receive a specially-commissioned trophy and €5,000 in prizemoney, with the exception of the Newcomer Award, who will receive a trip to Dubai, plus €2,500. The winner’s yard, stud or company in each category will also receive a cash prize to be divided amongst employees.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday, May 21st in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, County Meath.
The 10 award categories carry total prize-money of €84,000, an increase of €4,500 from 2017.
Michael O’Rourke, Chairman of the judging committee said: “The level of dedication, skill and love of horses was very evident and inspiring to read in all the nominations. The judges had an unenviable task to pick 24 finalists from almost 350 nominations, so thank you to all those who nominated their colleagues and friends.”
The finalists in each category were chosen by the 13 judges on the Irish Stud and Stable Staff judging committee who reviewed each of the nomination forms and interviewed all the finalists.
The finalists are:
Racing and Breeding Support Services
Martin Leahy, Master Farrier, Bruff, Co Limerick
Sharon O'Regan, Head of Operations, Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd, Co Kildare
Martin 'Snowy' Pearce, Facilities Manager, Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare
Gillian Carey, Operations Manager, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co Meath
Denis Hickey, Racing Secretary, Ballydoyle, Co Tipperary
Vicki McWey, Supervisor Registrations Department, Horse Racing Ireland, Co Kildare
Georgie Benson, Stable Lass, Gordon Elliott, Co Meath
Joanne Eaton, Stable Lass, Willie McCreery, Co Kildare
Charlie Sweeney, Pupil Assistant/Second Head Lad, Eyrefield House Stud, Co Kildare
Horse Care Award
Emma Connolly, Travelling Head Lass / Assistant Trainer, Noel Meade, Co Meath
Mary Nugent, Travelling Assistant, Gordon Elliott, Co Meath
Sinead O'Sullivan, Head Girl, John Murphy, Co Cork
In The Saddle Award
Audrey O'Neill, Exercise Rider & Groom, John Oxx, Co Kildare
James Rath, Head Lad, Liz Doyle, Co Wexford
Josep Sans Sanchez, Head Man, PJ Prendergast, Co Kildare
Travelling Head Person Award
Tina Evans, Travelling Head Person, Joseph O’Brien, Co Kilkenny
Jason Forsyth, Travelling Head Person, John Oxx, Co Kildare
Camilla Sharples, Travelling Head Girl, Gordon Elliott, Co Meath
Leads by Example Award
Tom Daly, Assistant Head Man, Dermot Weld, Co Kildare
Valerie Keatley, Head Girl, Johnny Murtagh, Co Kildare
Stephen Thorne, Assistant Trainer, Adrian McGuinness, Co Dublin
Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award
Pat Farrell, Broodmare Manager, Moyglare Stud, Co Kildare
Eamonn Leigh, Headman, Jessica Harrington, Co Kildare
Tommy Ryan, Head Lad, Edward O’Grady, Co Tipperary