Frequently Asked Questions

What are The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards?

The Irish Stable Staff Association initiated the Stable Staff Awards in 2005. In 2015, Godolphin came on board as the principal sponsor of the Irish Awards to further recognise and reward the achievements and dedication of stable staff on the island of Ireland.

The awards are run by Horse Racing Ireland in association with The Irish Stable Staff Association and the Racing Post. There are 10 categories, generously sponsored by Godolphin which has pledged nearly €80,000 in prize money.

Who is eligible to enter the awards?

The competition is open to any candidate currently employed as stud or stable staff, or in a support services role to the industry, within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the time of nomination.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate; so colleagues, owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, yard and stud managers are welcome to nominate staff or colleagues for the awards.

When do I nominate?

Nominations open on Monday, January 9 and close at 5pm on Friday, February 10, 2017.

How do I nominate?

Nominations are now closed.

What are the award categories?

Please see the award categories section for more information about the categories and prize money allocated.

I’ve entered a candidate before and wasn’t successful. Why should I nominate again?

Every year there are hundreds of worthwhile applicants and we’d love to choose each of them to win a prize in recognition of their efforts. Even if your nominee does not become a finalist, it is a huge honour to be nominated. We urge you to keep trying, even if not successful – it is hugely appreciated by those who are nominated.

If I nominated last year, can I re-nominate again?

Yes. Anyone can be re-nominated for the awards except for the winner of the Irish Racing Excellence Award. Previous finalists can be re-nominated but would have to be nominated for a different category.

How are the winners chosen?

The judging committee comprises three individuals representing the Irish Stable Staff Association, two from Horse Racing Ireland including the Judging Committee Chairperson and one from each of the following bodies/associations: The Turf Club, The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association and The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. The panel also includes the previous winners of the Irish Racing Excellence Award. The judging committee bring varied skill sets and experience when judging the nominations.

What is the Irish Stablestaff Association?

Established in 1999, The Irish Stablestaff Association (ISSA) aims to protect, advise, educate and promote the basic rights of all staff that work within the racing sector of the Irish equine industry.

What is Horse Racing Ireland?

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is the national authority for thoroughbred racing in Ireland, with responsibility for the governance, development and promotion of the industry under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001. HRI represents Ireland on international racing bodies including the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the European and Mediterranean Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the European Pattern Committee.

What is Godolphin and what is its involvement?

Godolphin is the global thoroughbred breeding and horseracing operation founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Godolphin is the principal sponsor of the Irish Awards and also sponsors the equivalent industry awards in Britain, Australia, America and France.