Owing to the outstanding success of the first edition of the Trophées du Personnel des Courses et de l’Elevage, France Galop and Godolphin are delighted to announce they are renewing their partnership for 2017, to celebrate the dedication and commitment of the pillars of our industry, the stud and stable staff.

Seven categories of awards will be judged during the second edition, with winners to be announced at a ceremony on 25 November, 2017, at Auteuil racecourse.  The organisers are delighted to announce the addition of a new category, for Administrative Service, to the six categories that were included in last year’s awards.

Click of the picture to relive the highlights of the 2016 ceremony


Anyone who is a registered employee of a training or breeding establishment in France is eligible for nomination. (Provided the candidate is still in their employment up to and including the awards’ ceremony). Nominations for the awards can be made by, but are not limited to, trainers, owners, breeders, stable staff, stud staff, office personnel and office administrators.

The application form can be downloaded from the Trophées du Personnel des Courses et de l’Elevage website from the 26 June, 2017. Nominations will close on 25 August 2017.

Seven award categories to reward and recognise those who work behind the scenes

Leadership Award (Stud or Stable) : An award to an individual staff member in a managerial or supervisory role, in charge of at least two people in a stud or stable, who has displayed leadership qualities amongst their colleagues, a desire to succeed in the industry and strong mentoring skills that have been to the benefit of those around them.

Dedication to Racing Award : Travelling head leads, assistants, foremen and women, yard support staff… For a member of staff who has served a minimum of fifteen years in the industry, in an integral part of the team, who inspires others with their passion and dedication, as well as their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Rider/Groom Award : For riders and grooms who have proven their talent for horsemanship, their consistency and reliability both in and out of the saddle and/or have achieved something remarkable during the season.

Stud Staff Award : For those who work on studs and have proven their professional competence, dedication and reliability, as well as a talent for horsemanship, adaptability and teamwork.

Administration Award : An award to an individual who works in an administrative role in the thoroughbred breeding and/or racing sector. A key element of the team, he/she ensures the smooth functioning of the company.

Newcomer Award (Stud and Stable employees) : An award to an individual who has been working in any area of the thoroughbred racing and/or breeding sector for less than five years.  They must have shown a desire to succeed, and have improved their knowledge and skills, becoming a key member of the team.

Employee of the year Award : The overall award will be presented to one of the winners of the above categories (except for the Newcomer Award) who is, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most deserving of recognition for their commitment, hard work and ongoing contribution to the high standards and reputation of the French thoroughbred industry.


A judging panel recognised and respected throughout the industry

Whether they are trainers, stud managers, jockeys, owners or breeders, they are all recognized in their domain.  The judging panel will carefully study each application, before choosing the winners of each category, to be revealed in a ceremony on Saturday 25 November, 2017 at Auteuil racecourse.

Exceptional prizes for the winners.

Each category has an exceptional purse attached to it, thanks to the sponsorship of Godolphin. Winners, finalists and their respective teams will be rewarded at the prize-giving ceremony.  Godolphin always generously offers the winner of the Newcomer Award a five-day trip to Dubai which includes a day at the races as well as visits to Zabeel Stables and training centre, and Dubai Equine Hospital.