We are delighted that Emily and Chrissie made it to the shortlist for their cataogries (Emily: Rider/Groom - Chrissie: Newcomer) in the 2021 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards, which will be shown live on Racing TV. 206 nominations were received from across the racing and breeding industries were whittled down to 60.
Now in their 17th year, the awards recognise and reward the outstanding skills, commitment and contribution of over 10,000 stud and stable staff in England, Scotland and Wales.
For the first time this year, any applicant who makes the shortlist of 10, but does not progress to the final three, will receive £250 to mark the significant achievement of making the shortlist and also to distribute existing prize money more widely, given the significant financial impact of COVID-19.
Emily and Chrissie will now have telephone interviews with the Judging Panel who will then agree on a list of three finalists for each of the six categories, which will be announced in the new year. The format of the 2021 awards has changed due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, with the entirety of the judging process likely to be conducted remotely.
The awards ceremony on Monday, 22 February 2020 will be replaced by an interactive virtual event, which will be broadcasted live and free to air on Racing TV. A celebratory event is being planned for summer 2021, subject to government guidance.