Finalists – Leadership 2017

Author Mike Hedge, 6 June, 2017


Among the qualities recognised by the Leadership category of the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards are commitment, enthusiasm and loyalty. The two finalists, John Livingstone and Jade Rossington, possess them all, and more.

John has worked for 17 years with Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse where he holds the position of operations manager and senior trackwork rider – and according to his boss, he excels at both. “Johnny has the incredible ability to give confidence and reassurance to everyone around him,” Gai Waterhouse says. For John, like most in his section of the industry, praise is politely deflected, but his gratitude for the recognition provided by the awards is accepted with pride. “These awards have been appreciated by everyone who works in stables,” he says. “It is fantastic that an organisation like Godolphin can understand how great it is to be recognised. It’s a tremendous honour.”

Jade Rossington is the manager of Willow Park Stud at Scone and was nominated by a member of her staff, Alicea Peterson, who describes her as having “a heart the size of an ocean” as well as “loyalty, dedication and a wondrous ability to teach”. Jade describes her nomination for the GSSSA as “a huge incentive to everyone in the industry”. “Recognition is often the biggest thing for so many people who work on studs and in stables, so It’s great that Godolphin does this all around the world. “Personally, I’m shocked, honoured and excited to be a finalist.”

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