24th Feb 2016 | News
The prestigious gala awards evening held in London and presented by Clare Balding and Sir Anthony McCoy celebrated the skill and commitment of stud and stable staff and the care that they provide for British racehorses. It was the David Nicholson Newcomer Award that recognised Laura’s commitment to her career choice. Laura, now 21, graduated from the BRS in 2013 and went straight to work for Sir Michael Stoute, who said of her “In all my time in racing I have never seen a youngster make progress in the way that she has. With the drive, intelligence and people skills that she possesses she has a bright future in racing.”
Following receipt of the £2000 prize cheque along with a five-day educational trip to Dubai to learn more about the country’s racing, culture and customs, Laura said “I cannot say how relieved I am that I was brave enough to take the plunge and go into racing and follow a career with horses, which is what I really, really wanted to do. I cannot imagine doing anything else now. Working in racing has completely exceeded my expectations.” The prize, new in 2016, includes a return flight and five nights’ accommodation at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s five-star resort.
2016 also saw the introduction of a new category – the “Racing Community Award” in conjunction with Racing Welfare which commemorates Rory MacDonald, former Chief Executive of the BRS for 22 years, who sadly passed away in 2015. Rory worked tirelessly for the racing community, and the sport as a whole, and gave many young people a strong start to their careers in racing. This category recognises those individuals who support the stud and stable staff or have made an outstanding contribution to benefit the wider racing community. The inaugral winner of this Award was Lisa Delaney, who had worked with Rory for many years, and she tweeted “A moment I will never forget, receiving the Rory MacDonald Community Award from Sir AP McCoy”