Newmarket groom wins prize at Godolphin Stud and Stable Awards

Petra Sebestikova with Ed Chamberlin and Michael Owen at the awards. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM

Petra Sebestikova with Ed Chamberlin and Michael Owen at the awards. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM - Credit: Archant

A groom from a Newmarket stable has scooped a prestigious horse racing award following a star-studded ceremony in London.

Petra Sebestikova, who won the rider/groom award. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM

Petra Sebestikova, who won the rider/groom award. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM - Credit: Archant

Petra Sebestikova, who is based at Luca Cumani’s Bedford House Stables, came out on top in the Rider/Groom category at the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, which is organised by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

In a competitive field of more than 250 nominations, Ms Sebestikova took home the award at the 14th annual ceremony, which looks to recognise and reward the outstanding skills and contribution of British racing’s 6,000 stud and stable staff.

Ms Sebestikova was awarded £5,000 for her success with the same amount matched and shared among her colleagues at Bedford House Stables.

She was presented with her prize by former England star Michael Owen at the London bash, which took place on Monday, February 19.

Petra Sebestikova, who won the rider/groom award. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM

Petra Sebestikova, who won the rider/groom award. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM - Credit: Archant


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Ms Sebestikova joined Bedford House in 2009 and was praised for her knack of being able to calm the most fractious of horses.

She also helps to mentor and encourage young riders and is currently in the process of recovering after sustaining an injury in the course of carrying out here daily duties.

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Ms Sebestikova said: “What I enjoy most about my job is the horses. It means a huge amount to win this award, it was a big surprise to be nominated and I am really proud, not just for myself but for the stable too.

“Thank you so much to everyone and to those who nominated me, I feel like I am representing all those who ride racehorses in winning.”

Petra Sebestikova, who won the rider/groom award. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM

Petra Sebestikova, who won the rider/groom award. Picture: DAN ABRAHAM - Credit: Archant

Nick Rust, chief executive of the BHA, said: “Year on year at these awards we see countless examples of the hard work and dedication of our stud and stable staff and 2018 was no exception.

“British racing employs over 6,000 people to provide first class care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training at any one time, providing them with a level of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Petra to have won the Rider/Groom award and on behalf of the BHA I’d like to pass on our warmest congratulations.”

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