Claiborne's Wayne Clem Named Finalist for Leadership Award in Breeding


Wayne Clem | Courtesy of TIEA

Congratulations to Wayne Clem, a finalist in the Leadership Award in Breeding category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. The assistant yearling manager at Claiborne Farm, Clem has been employed by the storied nursery since 1967.

“Wayne is one of the most selfless and best people I've ever worked with,” said yearling manager Robby Hertzel.

In addition to his duties during his 53 years at Claiborne, Clem has implemented an internship program mentoring and teaching students about all aspects of yearling care.

“It is because of his hard work and thoughtful spirit,” said Claiborne's Seth Hancock, “that we can trust [Clem] to fulfill Claiborne's motto of doing the usual unusually well.”

Click for the video feature on Clem done by TIEA.

Other finalists for the Leadership Award in Breeding are Christy Holden of Country Life Farm and Matt Lyons of Candy Meadows Farm, who will both be recognized on these pages in the coming days. The Leadership Award in Breeding is presented annually to an individual who displays exceptional leadership qualities while in a managerial or supervisory position on a Thoroughbred farm.

A total of seven award categories will be honored by TIEA for 2020. Maria Cristina Silva of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) has already been announced as the winner of the Community Award, while the winners in the other categories will be announced live in a virtual ceremony hosted by Jill Bryne and streamed at the TDN homepage Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12 p.m. ET. All finalists will be spotlighted in TDN in the days leading up to the ceremony.

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