Jessica McLernon of Musley Bank Stables crowned employee of the year at 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards
Following a gala evening ceremony celebrating the achievements of stud and stable staff from across the country at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, Jessica McLernon, Assistant Trainer at Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank Stables, has been named as Employee of the Year 2018.
Jessica was awarded with the perpetual Godolphin Trophy by special guest presenter Michael Owen alongside presenter Ed Chamberlin at an event hosted by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
She was also presented with a cheque for £40,000, of which £20,000 will be shared amongst the staff at Musley Bank, part of £120,000 in prize money which was awarded on the evening by sponsors Godolphin.
Jessica also landed the Leadership Award on the night for her rapid progress to become assistant trainer since joining the team at Richard Fahey Racing in May 2011.
Brough Scott, Chairman of the Judging Panel, commented:
“The panel’s job was as tough as ever with some inspiring stories of dedication, commitment and hard work amongst this year’s finalists.
“However, we had to reach a final decision and Jessica is a hugely deserving winner for the amazing progress she has made in her career so far.”
The Awards ceremony took place at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge in front of a specially invited audience from across the racing industry to celebrate the vital role of stud and stable staff in the racing industry and the care which they provide to the horses they look after.
The winners of the Awards were decided at a formal judging day at the BHA’s London office in the morning before the ceremony, where the finalists were interviewed by members of the judging panel.
The full list of winners and runners up are as follows:
Employee of the Year: Jessica McLernon – Richard Fahey, Malton, N Yorkshire
Leadership Award: Jessica McLernon – Richard Fahey, Malton, N Yorks
Runners up: Andrea Kelly – Tim Vaughan, Edward Murrell, Juddmonte Farms
Rider/Groom Award: Petra Sebestikova – Luca Cumani, Newmarket, Suffolk
Runners up: Ben Stephens – Malcolm Jefferson, Faisal Tahir – Henry Spiller
Stud Staff Award: Sarah Taylor – Mickley Stud, Shropshire
Runners up: Kate Ford – Goldford Stud, Daniel James – Brookside Stud
Dedication to Racing Award: William Reddy – Eve Johnson Houghton, Oxon
Runners up: Chris Jerdin – Oliver Sherwood, Patrick Lennon – Shadwell Stud
David Nicholson Newcomer Award: Adrian Stewart – David Loughnane, Shropshire
Runners up: Hannah Farrell – Dianne Sayer, Josephine Saunders – Hillwood Stud
Rory Macdonald Community Award: John & Jackie Porter – ex Injured Jockeys’ Fund, Lambourn, Berkshire
Runners up: Angela French – The Racing Centre, Peter Williams – British Racing School, Newmarket, Suffolk
Nick Rust added:
“We are grateful to all of the staff who work day in day out to ensure that the horses who take part in British racing are provided with a level of care and quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal. These awards are our opportunity to say thank you to all of them, on behalf of the sport and on behalf of our horses.”