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The Lycetts Team Champion Award 2019
Jedd O'Keefe at Highbeck Lodge in Leyburn, Yorkshire and Tom Dascombe at Manor House Stables in Malpas, Cheshire are the winners of the Lycetts Team Champion Award 2019, which celebrates the British racehorse training yards with the highest standards of employee management.
The winning yards were also awarded a £4,000 prize for each yard to benefit and support their teams.
Team Jedd O'Keeffe (less than 40 horses in training)
Collecting the award for husband Jedd O'Keeffe, Andrea O’Keeffe said ”Jedd standing should be standing here but he has flu – the human version! – so he is really sorry he can’t be here. It means the absolute world but it’s really about these guys and the team that we have who are amazing. We love working with them, they just pull out all the stops in every respect. This whole process has been a really good thing for us to go through as a team. We can’t believe we’ve won and to hear the comments on the other yards you are sitting here thinking ‘there is no way we are going to win!’ because everyone is doing such amazing work in their yards too.”
Team Tom Dascombe (more than 40 horses in training)
Tom Dascombe, playing down his role in the nomination, said "I think we have a good team spirit. It’s really all down to the team and nothing to do with me. This award is for the team and is not for me.”
How To Apply for 2020
To apply for the 2020 LTCA - first register your intention to nominate by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org You will receive a confirmation email to assure you that you are part of the LTCA 2020 and answers to any questions including, how to complete the Nomination Form and prepare supporting evidence. The 2020 Nomination Form will appear in September 2019 below. .
To give you an idea of what you need to do, read the section below about the Winning Approach which underpins the award and is the standard to which we hope all trainers will aspire.
The Winning Approach
A copy of The Winning Approach can be found on the NTF website using the link below. Team Champion emphasises the actions that are most closely aligned with strengthening the team ethos. Development of The Winning Approach and the award was funded with the help of The Racing Foundation.
Judging the Applications
Yogi Breisner, renowned for his stellar accomplishments as a competitor and leader in the field of Three Day Eventing, chaired the panel and presented the prizes for 2019. Commenting on the judges' experience of the awards and the assessment, Breisner said, "It has been a very interesting exercise to be one of the judges and a privilege to be involved in a fantastic initiative by Lycetts and the NTF".
For the 2019 LTCA the judges compared nominated teams in two categories - those with fewer than forty horses in training and those trainers with more than forty horses in training. The applicants were reduced to a short list of four in each category. The names of the trainers with teams in the shortlist for 2019 are:
Benefits Gained from the Award Experience
Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the NTF, said, "I am delighted at how enthusiastically trainers and their staff have responded to this new award. By participating, they have opened their businesses to scrutiny by knowledgeable professionals and demonstrated that British racehorse trainers offer great places to work. We have established a strong base from which to build the award for the future. I know other trainers are already keen to follow their colleagues' example next year and we have acquired a bundle of knowledge and lessons to share with them."
We congratulate the teams which achieved a star rating based on the judges' scoring of their nomination form. The star rating is awarded in recognition of the high standard of their employment practices.
Lycetts Team Champion Award Star Ratings for 2018 and 2019
An Explanation of the Star Rating
An Explanation of the Star Rating
The History of the Team Champion Award
In early 2017, Rupert Arnold proposed the initiative for the National Trainers Federation (NTF) to create a Team Champion Award. With a successful application to The Racing Foundation who awarded the NTF a grant and sponsorship from Lycetts Insurance Brokers, the Lycetts Team Champion was born.
The conception of the idea for this initiative was to:
Further Team Champion Award News
About Lycetts Insurance
The Lycetts Group was founded in 1961 and has grown to become one of the UK's leading independently-operated insurance brokers. Lycetts specialises in farm and estate insurance and provides bespoke financial services, commercial and bloodstock insurance advice. It has 17 offices in the UK, with its headquarters based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
About The Racing Foundation
The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. It is registered with the Charity Commission as a charity (no. 1145297). Since inception, the Racing Foundation has granted just over £7.6million to charities associated with the horseracing and thoroughbred breeding industry in Britain, supporting work in social welfare, education, training and participation, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage and culture.
Sponsors of the
2019 Team Champion Award