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ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2020 Winners

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31-January-21
ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2020 Winners

ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2020 Winners Revealed

ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2020 took place last night. The Virtual Ceremony, which was delivered across all ITBA social media channels was hosted by Leo Powell with awards being released every ten minutes.

The evening commenced with an opening address by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who despite his extremely busy schedule took the time to acknowledge the success of the Irish Thoroughbred Industry and its importance to Ireland from both an economic and cultural perspective.

This year’s inductee is the Irish National Stud. This is in recognition of the Irish National Stud’s invaluable contribution to the Irish thoroughbred industry over many decades and for the contribution it continues to make; from the stallions it stands, to its world-renowned thoroughbred breeding course and the impact the stud makes as a national tourist attraction. On behalf of the Irish State, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue accepted this most deserving award.

President Michael D Higgins wrote a personal message on the Irish National Stud in recognition of its national importance. The message can be viewed on www.itba.ie

The Wild Geese Award 2020 went to the richly deserving Gordon Cunningham of Curragmore Stud in New Zealand. Gordon has flown the Irish flag with great pride for over two decades in the Southern Hemisphere. He has taken the time to welcome and nurture many young and emerging Irish breeders who made their way to New Zealand over the years.

The year’s Special Recognition Award went to the much loved and respected Todd Watt, who has served Irish vendors at Tattersalls and Tattersalls Ireland so very well over many years and is seen as “The Go To Man”.

Commenting, ITBA chairman John McEnery said “Despite all the many challenges facing the industry in 2020, Irish breeders and Irish bred horses continued to excel on both the national and international stage. We are indebted to our loyal sponsors without whom we would be unable to stage these awards. We were delighted with the level of participation and engagement by the many viewers, who tuned in from all corners of the bloodstock world via social media to acknowledge the wonderful people and horses who made 2020 such a memorable year for the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry. Below is a list of our ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2020 Winners. Congratulations to all deserving winners!

ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2020– Winners

Address by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin

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Next Generation Award 2020:

Clare Manning https://buff.ly/2L7HA22

Novice Hurdler of the Year Award 2020:

Shishkin - Breeder: CJ & EB Bennett https://buff.ly/3cpkuyZ

Novice Chaser of the Year Award 2020:

Champ Breeder: Philip & Jane Myerscough https://buff.ly/3j0HkhC

Hurdler of the Year Award 2020:

Paisley Park - Breeder: Michael Conaghan https://buff.ly/2YwtCcU

Chaser of the Year Award 2020:

Altior - Breeder: Paddy Behan https://buff.ly/36r7Yeq

2 Year Old Filly of the Year Award 2020:

Aunt Pearl - Breeder: Ecurie Des Charmes & Ballylinch Stud https://buff.ly/3teysKi

2 Year Old Colt of the Year Award 2020:

Supremacy - Breeder: Kangyu International Racing https://buff.ly/2Ywwsi4

3 Year Old Filly of the Year Award 2020:

Love - Breeder: Coolmore https://buff.ly/2NMbn13

3 Year Old Colt of the Year Award 2020:

Pinatubo - Breeder: Godolphin https://buff.ly/3j3mePQ

Older Horse of the Year Award 2020:

Ghaiyyath - Breeder: Springbank Way Stud https://buff.ly/39z84CS

Wild Geese Award 2020:

Gordon Cunningham https://buff.ly/39zLVnO

Breeder of the Year Award 2020:

Ringfort Stud https://buff.ly/3coUBPM

Special Recongition Award 2020:

Todd Watt https://buff.ly/3oCIFMS

Hall of Fame 2020:

Irish National Stud https://buff.ly/3otaiYI

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