The Equus Awards organising committee have begun preparations for South African Horseracing’s premier annual awards.
The event will be held at the Convention Centre, Emperors Palace on Tuesday 15 August 2017.
All the categories have been finalised and the voting panel is Andrew Harrison, Matthew Lips, Jason Dedekind, Roger Smith, Michael Clower and Larry Wainstein (non-voting Chairperson).
The panel submitted their first round of nominations directly after July day and the final decisions will be taken after the Gold Cup racemeeting on 29 July.
Champion 2 year old colt – distance immaterial
Champion 2 year old filly – distance immaterial
Champion 3 year old colt – distance immaterial
Champion 3 year old filly – distance immaterial
Champion older male – distance immaterial
Champion older filly/mare – distance immaterial
Champion sprinter – (1000 – 1200m; age/gender immaterial)
Champion miler – (1400 – 1600; age/gender immaterial)
Champion middle distance – (1800 – 2200; age/gender immaterial)
Champion stayer – (2400 and up; age/gender immaterial)
The awards will be based on graded races and in particular Grade 1 races. As regards the stayer category, the winning stayer will be at the discretion of the voting panel. This decision was taken as the only Grade 1 staying race in SA is the SA Derby, which would mean that this should be the obvious winner based on a single run. This would also have excluded fillies/mares.
Stallion of the year
Broodmare of the year
Breeder of the year
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association may include outstanding and/or international achievement awards.
Champion Owner (based on stakes earned)
Champion Trainer (based on stakes earned)
Industry Merit Award
Horse of the Year Award