Edited press release
Taylor Made Sales Agency and Taylor Made Stallions have become the sponsor of Race Track Chaplaincy of America’s sixth White Horse Award.
The winner of the White Horse Award presented by Taylor Made will be announced at Santa Anita’s Sironas Room Oct. 23, the day before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The annual award is given to racing-related persons judged by members of the White Horse Fellowship to have performed the most heroic act on behalf of a human or horse.
“The philosophy behind the track chaplaincy has to do with people helping other people, and one of the inhibitors to helping others is fear,” said Duncan Taylor, president of Taylor Made. “The White Horse Award is about honoring people who have overcome their fears to help people and horses, and we want to commend people with that virtue. And the nominees are the farm workers and backstretch folks who are vitally important to this industry.”
Among this year’s nominees are a group of four Louisiana racing farm workers and three backstretch workers at Charles Town Races and Slots, all of whom risked their lives to save race horses during two separate barn fires.
The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a limited edition patina bronze White Horse statue. The three runners-up each receive a $1,000 prize. The top four nominees, including groups, earn all expense-paid trips to the Breeders’ Cup races, among other gifts and prizes.
“The Taylor family has proven that integrity and virtue goes hand in hand with success,” said Dr. Enrique Torres, executive director of the RTCA. “All the family members have long been our friends and supporters, and this new partnership takes our relationship to an even higher level. We are extremely grateful.”
Taylor Made will also sponsor a “Backstretch Bonanza” luncheon for track workers, complete with food, prizes, and music on the Santa Anita backstretch Oct. 21. It will be organized and hosted by RTCA volunteers.