Transparency, key to the “Racing Oscar Awards” – News
The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) has announced the formation of an elite judging panel made up of experts in the field of horse racing
In an effort to encourage a transparent voting process for the upcoming Racing Oscar Awards, the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) has announced the formation of an elite judging panel comprised of racing experts of horses.
The committee will outline the different categories of awards that aim to recognize and reward deserving individuals from all walks of life for their contribution to the sport.
ERA also announced the introduction of several new award categories, including two dedicated to the thriving division of Arabian horse racing, including the ‘Best Arabian Horse Breeder‘ category and the ‘Best Arabian Stallion’ category.
Engineer Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi, board member and chief executive of the Emirates Racing Authority, stressed that the ERA was keen to include all categories and all riders, in Arabian or Thoroughbred racing.
Additionally, ERA has introduced a special award titled “Best Result of the Season” where judges will consider horses that have been competitive, exciting and distinctive in winning a race.
Winners will be honored at a ceremony to be hosted by ERA on a Ramadan evening next month.
Al Shehhi wished all the participants good luck for the contest, which is ultimately intended to promote the horse racing industry in the UAE and motivate everyone involved to strive for greater excellence in the sport.
The criteria for identifying the best owner, trainer, jockey and apprentice will depend on their results during the 2021-2022 racing season in the UAE.
The committee will also establish a shortlist of candidates who will vote for the “Pat Smullen Award for Exceptional Leadership”.
The judging panel will also select the winners of the “Eternal Footprint” category, an award that aims to honor UAE horse racing pioneers who have left a lasting mark in the sport.
The “Best Initiative” category and the “Unknown Soldiers” awards are presented in recognition of staff in the horse racing community who work tirelessly behind the scenes at racetracks, stables or race meetings.