TIEA Awards

Coolmore’s Helen Otero Named Finalist for Dedication to Breeding Award

Congratulations to Helen Otero, one of three finalists in the Dedication to Breeding Award category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. The Ireland native started with Coolmore in 1993 working in the barns and became a veterinary nurse before moving to the office. She has truly shined in the role of stallion administrator in one of the busiest breeding sheds in America. "When the breeding season starts," said Coolmore America's manager, Dermot Ryan, "we basically hand the keys and the driver's seat to Helen and she...

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Fasig-Tipton’s David Kyle Named Finalist for Dedication to Breeding Award

Congratulations to David Kyle, one of three finalists in the Dedication to Breeding Award category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. Kyle was just out of high school when he moved to Lexington and began working for Fasig-Tipton in 1987. Now the plant manager at the Newtown Pike location, Kyle has 33 years under his belt overseeing the facility, preparing the grounds for the sales, and helping to make the sales process run smoothly for both consigners and horses. "No day is too long, no task...

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Taylor Made’s Steve Avery Named Finalist for Dedication to Breeding Award

Congratulations to Steve Avery, one of three finalists in the Dedication to Breeding Award category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. The Wisconsin native has been in the horse industry for over four decades and has been part of Taylor Made for the last 20 years. Among the champions he's raised or managed are Havre de Grace, Princess Rooney, Songbird, and Speightstown. "His responsibility, his reliability, his work ethic: it's just phenomenal," said Taylor Made's Logan Payne. "Even on vacation, he walks his dog, Henry, up...

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Matt Lyons of Candy Meadows Named Finalist for Leadership Award in Breeding

Congratulations to Matt Lyons, a finalist in the Leadership Award in Breeding category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. A native of East Galway, Ireland, Lyons graduated from the Equine Science and Business program at the University of Limerick. He began his stateside employment with the late Gerry Dilger at his Dromoland Farm over two decades ago. After stints at Taylor Made Farm, ClassicStar Farm, and Woodford Thoroughbreds, Lyons has been a part of Candy Meadows, an arm of Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables, as its senior...

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Country Life’s Christy Holden Named Finalist for Leadership Award in Breeding

Congratulations to Christy Holden, a finalist in the Leadership Award in Breeding category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. Holden has been the general manager of Maryland's Country Life Farm, including its Merryland division, since 2015 after first working at Country Life 30 years prior as a teenager. She eventually returned to Country Life in 2004, beginning in the office and working her way up to broodmare manager and finally general manager. Holden, who has also served on the board of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association...

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

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...

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Maria Cristina Silva Wins the TIEA Community Award

Congratulations to Maria Cristina Silva, winner of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA) Community Award, presented by Godolphin. Silva serves as the backstretch program coordinator for the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA). A native of Santiago, Chile, Silva first acted as an interpreter for the backside community at Belmont, but now also works to secure clothing, furniture, food, and more for backstretch workers and their families. She also puts together backpacks for children in need prior to school starting each fall. "No one has served the employees on the...

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TIEA Finalists Announced

Godolphin announced the finalists for its 2020 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Wednesday. The Thoroughbred Industry Community Award, which has one first-place prize, has been decided. This year's recipient is Maria Cristina Vasquez with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Three finalists in each of the six categories, along with Maria Cristina Vasquez, will be recognized at a virtual awards program to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with the assistance of Studio 46 Media in Lexington, KY. The shortlist judging panel, the first of the two judging...

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The TIEA Awards: Goodness Wins Out

While Terry Finley had nominated employees for the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, Presented by Godolphin, in the past, he had never been a judge until 2019. The experience, he said, was one of the most positive and affirming things he has ever experienced in the Thoroughbred industry. "On a personal level, one of the things that struck me was when they got down to the final five people, and when they came in to be in front of the judges and had a chance to deliver their story, it was...

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