The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) has named this year's White Horse Award winners, which honor heroism on behalf of human or horse. Honored this year are Victoria Don Dorrian, winner of the White Horse Award, and Erin Crady, winner of the Community Service Award.
Dorrian earned her moment of heroism in September, 2019, when a loose horse at Prairie Meadows escaped from the track and ended up on interstate 80, running toward oncoming traffic. Dorrian threw herself into harm's way and eventually captured the horse. Click to see more on her story.
“[Dorrian] showed poise and dedication like all true horsemen in such a situation by being calm and ready to act, even in a dangerous situation,” said Jon Moss, Iowa HBPA's executive director. “The Iowa HBPA who nominated her for the award are immensely proud of her actions and how it demonstrated that horsemen are dedicated to not only their own, but to everyone's horses at the track.”
Crady, executive director of the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), won the Community Service Award for her continued support of racetrack chaplaincies.
“TCA helps so many non-profit organizations in the Thoroughbred industry to improve the lives of horses and those who take care of them,” said RTCA Executive Director Dan Waits. “[Crady] has always been an advocate of the Chaplaincy and partners with our national office and several local chaplaincies to get backstretch and farm employees the help they need.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional White Horse Awards ceremony will not be held. This is the 18th year RCTA has honored winners with these awards.