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Last Call For Outstanding Groom Award Nominations

Published: December 12, 2019 10:21 am ET

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Standardbred Canada (SC) is pleased to announce that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) will continue its partnership with SC on the Outstanding Groom Award for the fifth consecutive year. The award was introduced in 2015, and for the past four years has been presented at the O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala.
Standardbred Canada is now accepting submissions for the award and the deadline to nominate an Outstanding Groom is January 3, 2020.

Do you know someone who puts their horses first; has worked in the industry for over five years, treats their horses with kindness and outstanding care, regardless of the horse or its ability? The candidate should have a strong work ethic, be dependable, a good sportsman and be based in Canada. Candidates must be over the age of 19. If you know or work with someone with these qualities, consider nominating him / her for this award.

Grooms are often the unsung heroes of harness racing and are critical to the success of any horse in any stable. Their relationship with the horse is by far the closest. Grooms provide the daily care and attention to the equine athletes. They keep the horses physically healthy and mentally happy, sometimes working seven days a week to make sure their horses are properly cared for.

Deadline for submissions is January 3, 2020. Please click here for a nomination form.

Past winners of the Outstanding Groom Award include: Cindy Acton (2015), Teesha Symes (2016), Chantel Gillis (2017), and co-winners Scott Lecain and Trevor Forgie (2018).

A selection committee will review the submissions and two finalists will be announced on January 8, 2020 and the presentation to the winner will be made at the O’Brien Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Please email your submissions to: Kathy Wade Vlaar at [email protected], or fax to (905) 858-3111.

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