Jessica McLernon crowned employee of the year
Jessica McLernon, Assistant Trainer at Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank Stables, has been named as Employee of the Year 2018 at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.
Jessica also landed the Leadership Award on the night following her rapid progress to become assistant trainer since joining the team at Richard Fahey Racing in May 2011.
As well as managing day to day duties including rotas, allocating staff to go racing and managing veterinary visits Jessica keeps in close contact with the office and 75 staff who help make the yard run so efficiently.
Her positive, friendly attitude and astute manner and natural management skills have always shone through and she has worked hard to hone her skills in managing, motivating and mentoring the staff to get the best out of everyone.
Brough Scott, Chairman of the Judging Panel, said: “The panel’s job was as tough as ever with some inspiring stories of dedication, commitment and hard work amongst this year’s finalists.
“However, we had to reach a final decision and Jessica is a hugely deserving winner for the amazing progress she has made in her career so far.”
Jessica has played an important role with the Racegoers Club horses since joining the yard in 2011 and has helped oversee the career of three time winner Clouds Rest, dual winner Showbizzy and our latest winner from the yard Swiss Belle who is in her second year of training. Always helpful, smiling and generous with her time on visits we are absolutely delighted for Jess and all the team at Musley Bank.
Another link to the Racegoers Club on the night was Ben Stephens from Ruth Jefferson's yard who was a Finalist in the Rider/Groom Award. Ben has played a crucial role with Chilly Miss, Virtually Ours and Sammamish who have all run in our colours both riding them at home and being with them on course. He may not have come home with the award but he is still a winner in our eyes!
The full list of winners and runners up are as follows:
Employee of the Year: Jessica McLernon – Richard Fahey
Leadership Award: Jessica McLernon - Richard Fahey
Runners up: Andrea Kelly – Tim Vaughan, Edward Murrell - Juddmonte Farms
Rider/Groom Award: Petra Sebestikova – Luca Cumani
Runners up: Ben Stephens – Malcolm Jefferson, Faisal Tahir – Henry Spiller
Stud Staff Award: Sarah Taylor – Mickley Stud
Runners up: Kate Ford – Goldford Stud, Daniel James – Brookside Stud
Dedication to Racing Award: William Reddy – Eve Johnson Houghton
Runners up: Chris Jerdin – Oliver Sherwood, Patrick Lennon – Shadwell Stud
David Nicholson Newcomer Award: Adrian Stewart – David Loughnane
Runners up: Hannah Farrell – Dianne Sayer, Josephine Saunders – Hillwood Stud
Rory Macdonald Community Award: John & Jackie Porter – ex Injured Jockeys’ Fund
Runners up: Angela French – The Racing Centre, Peter Williams – British Racing School