Prestigious awards for Alcester's Dan Skelton Racing and Moreton-in-Marsh's Richard Phillips Racing
ALCESTER training yard Dan Skelton Racing and Moreton-in-Marsh's Richard Phillips Racing beat off stiff competition to be named winners of prestigious industry awards.
Skelton’s yard received the inaugural Lycetts Leadership Award for trainers with the most exceptional leadership qualities, while Phillips’s stable was the winner of the Lycetts Team Champions Award, an accolade which praises the best teams behind the UK’s racehorse training yards.
The trainers and their teams were presented with their trophies, alongside a £4,000 cash prize for each yard, at a special presentation ceremony that took place during Breeders Day at Sandown Park Racecourse on 15th September.
Speaking after the win, Richard said: “We are all delighted that Team Adlestrop are this year’s winners of the Lycetts Team Champions Award.
“I am so pleased that all their hard work, dedication, professionalism and ambition have been recognised with this wonderful accolade. Our thanks go to all those involved in this coveted award.”
Skelton, who also took home a Lycetts Excellence Award for Ensuring a Safe Working Environment, said he and his team were extremely proud.
“Receiving this award recognises the whole team at Lodge Hill and the leadership style and positive working environment throughout,” he said. “Inclusivity and development of staff is of the utmost importance to us and we always try to promote from within, where possible.
“We pride ourselves on providing a safe working environment for the staff, so it is great to be recognised in this area in particular.”
The National Trainers Federation (NTF) and Lycetts Insurance Brokers created the Lycetts Leadership and Team Champions Awards to celebrate the British racehorse training yards with the highest standards of employee management, who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and implement innovative working practices.
Piers Plunket, divisional director at Lycetts, said: “Lycetts is delighted to be supporting these awards once again and we offer our sincere congratulations to all of the winners.
“Given the challenging and eventful year for the industry, it is greatly encouraging to see yards not only upholding but exceeding high industry standards.
“A yard is only as good as its people and we wanted to shine a light on the dedication and continued commitment of these teams in helping the business – and the industry – thrive.”