Leadership Award sponsored by Victoria Racing Club


The Victoria Racing Club is proud to sponsor the Leadership Award, an initiative designed to honour individuals in managerial or supervisory roles within the thoroughbred industry. This accolade aims to spotlight leaders who exemplify outstanding qualities, contributing significantly to our vibrant thoroughbred industry.

What key qualities define winning this Award?

The Leadership Award celebrates individuals who embody excellent leadership traits. These include adeptness in people management, a dedication to staff mentorship and support, a commitment to workplace health and safety, a passion for continual improvement and a display of business acumen. The winner of this Award also becomes eligible for the Thoroughbred Excellence Overall Award.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this recognition, nominees must be actively involved in the thoroughbred industry, specifically within a stud or stable environment. Those nominated for managerial or supervisory roles should demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, showcasing dedication, expertise, mentorship, and positive contributions to the overall success and well-being of the industry.

Roles that fall under consideration include:

Foaling Manager, Broodmare Manager, Stallion Manager, Stud Manager, Farm Manager, Yearling Manager and Spelling Manager, Assistant Managers, Foremen, Trainers and Assistant Foremen, Track and Maintenance Managers and Head Gardeners.

These roles represent just a few among the many positions eligible for nomination within this category.

Celebrating Past Winners:

The Leadership Award boasts a lineup of past winners:

  • 2023: Sean Keogh (Godolphin Carbine Lodge VIC)
  • 2022: Liesl Baumann (Cressfield NSW)
  • 2021: David Hanratty (Yarradale Stud WA)
  • 2020: Simon Johnson (Godolphin Woodlands NSW)
  • 2019: David White (Vinery Stud NSW)
  • 2018: Peter Keating (Newgate Farm NSW)
  • 2017: John Livingstone (Gai Waterhouse Racing NSW)
  • 2016: Ian Brady (Wattle Brae Stud QLD)
  • 2015: Richard Nettleton (Lindsay Park VIC)

Take a simple yet impactful step: identify the individual you believe deserves a nomination for the 2024 Stud and Stable Staff Awards. This is your chance to ensure that staff feel appreciated, celebrated, and motivated to shape the future of our industry.

Ready to nominate? Make a difference today!

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