TIEA

Weaver Racing's Cindy Hutter Named Finalist for Leadership Award in Racing

Congratulations to Cindy Hutter, one of three finalists in the Leadership Award in Racing category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. Currently assistant trainer at George Weaver Racing, whose principal also happens to be her husband, Hutter grew up in Pennsylvania and knew from about the time she was 15 that she wanted a life with horses. One of her earliest employers was Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, whom she stayed with for eight years until leaving with Todd Pletcher to become his assistant trainer...

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D/M Racing's Carmen McShane Named Finalist for Leadership Award in Racing

Congratulations to Carmen McShane, one of three finalists in the Leadership Award in Racing category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. McShane has been in the racing industry for more than three decades and currently serves as assistant trainer at D/M Racing, which is headed by her husband, Dave McShane. She has also been a jockey, exercise rider, outrider, and farm worker. "She is the first one to the barn and the last one to leave," said her daughter, Michelle McShane. "If there were more hours...

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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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