Seven industry organizations have come on board as individual award category sponsors for the 2021 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA). These sponsors will help spread the reach of this important industry initiative.
Leading industry organizations Hallway Feeds, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, the Keeneland Association, the New York Racing Association, I am Horse Racing, and Churchill Downs have joined TIEA as individual award category sponsors for the 2021 edition of the program.
Each organization has joined as a title sponsor of an award category, while Godolphin, the global racing stable founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will continue as the principal sponsor of the awards. TIEA is also supported by partners The Jockey Club, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association (NHBPA), the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and the Breeders’ Cup.
“We’re thrilled to bring these leading organizations on board with TIEA to continue to spread the scope of the awards,” Godolphin’s Charitable Director, Katie LaMonica said. “TIEA is a national program for our industry – anyone in our industry can nominate, and anyone can be nominated. We know the addition of these partners will expand the reach of TIEA and allow more hard-working individuals to be recognized for their dedication to our sport.”
In the first five years of TIEA, more than six hundred nominations have been received, with one hundred finalists recognized and over six hundred thousand dollars awarded in prize money. In 2021, a total of seven categories, including the new Support Services division, will be presented and will carry total prize money of $122,000. The Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 15th, in the sales pavilion at Keeneland.
“TIEA is an incredibly important initiative in our industry and sport,” noted Dr. Luke Fallon of Hagyard, title sponsor of the Leadership Award. “With the workforce shortage we see throughout not only our industry, but the country, TIEA provides an opportunity for employers to elevate their most valued people. Hagyard is proud to sponsor the Leadership Award and looks forward to handing out one of those beautiful trophies in October.”
Nominations for 2021 are open through Aug. 2. For more information and to nominate online, please go to www.tiea.org.
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