The Darley Awards (in 2012 carrying the name of our sponsor: The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards) honor the best in U.S.A. Arabian horse racing. This distinguished ceremony recognizes the most outstanding racehorses, jockeys, owners, trainers and breeders of the Arabian community. See the highest achievers...
Arabian Racing Cup is a nonprofit corporation originally chartered in 1983, founded by Dr. Sam Harrison. The Cup is dedicated to the promotion of Arabian Racing by expanding public awareness and creating prestigious programs to highlight our industry...
Arabian Racing Cup is governed by the Board of Stewards. The Darley Committee selects the nominees for Awards and a Voting Academy decides the winners. The Voting Academy is comprised of knowledgeable individuals within the racing community, and the Champions are announced at a ceremony, traditionally a black tie affair...
THE DARLEY AWARDS WEEKEND 2015 -
Celebrating the Winners
April 6, 2015, Los Angeles, CA - Valiant Boy SBFAR topped off an undefeated season in 2014 by winning his second Horse of The Year trophy (he also won it in 2012) as well as one for Older Horse, at the 28th annual Darley Awards sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and held at the Dolby Theatre.
Racing in the U.S. for Guy Neivens and trained by Elizabeth Merryman, the handsome grey seven-year old won 3 graded races (2 grade 1), set a new track record and earned almost $129,000 in 2014. He was bred by HH Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed and imported from France. Racing manager Sharon Clark graciously accepted the golden statute remarking at what an honor it was to be around the horse.
In the other awards, Lazur Hess claimed the 3-Year-Old Colt/Geldings for owner Mark Ashby and Love To Dance took the 3-Year-Old Filly award for owner/trainer Mark Powell. Rosebrook Farm LLC’s RB Champagne Taste was named Champion 4-Year-Old Colt and Cre Run Enterprises LLC’s Our Princess won for 4-Year-Old Filly. Ms Dixie, owned by Quarter Moon Ranch, won her second consecutive Older Mare statue.
Leading jockey Kristen Swan was tremendously excited to win Champion Jockey. “Arabians are so honest. I love them,” she said. Swan regularly rode for Lynn Ashby who won for Outstanding Trainer – the record seventh time she has claimed this title, but the first since 2002. Dianne K. Waldron, who commented that Arabian breeding and racing was her passion, earned her third Darley for Outstanding Breeder, and Valiant Boy SBFAR’s owner, Guy Neivens, was named Outstanding Owner.
USA DARLEY CHAMPIONS
3 YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING
3 YEAR OLD FILLY
LOVE TO DANCE
4 YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING
RB CHAMPAGNE TASTE
4 YEAR OLD FILLY
DIANNE K WALDRON
LYNN A ASHBY
HORSE OF THE YEAR
In addition to the Darley trophies, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards were also presented. The following international individuals were recognized. The Cup was extremely proud to have Chief Steward Denise Gault recognized with the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her many years of contributing to Arabian racing and her tireless promotion of the industry.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Darley Awards
Nadine Frampton, Australia - Best Photographer
Catherine de Robert Labarthe, France - Best Breeder
Deniz Kurtel, Turkey - Best Owner
Karin van den Bos, Netherlands - Best Trainer
Stefania Gandola, United Kingdom - Best Jockey
Youjiza, Moracco - Best 3-Year-Old Filly
Lorra, France – Best 4-Year-Old Filly
Djanka Des Forges, France - Best Mare
Fanny Hubard-Salmon, France – Best TV Presenter
Denise Hearst, United States - Best Journalist
Marijke Visser, Netherlands - Best Endurance Rider
Denise Gault - Best Lifetime Achievement
The next evening, the 2015 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Annual Darley Awards Gala Dinner was held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel. The highlight of this fantastic evening was the 22nd annual Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Breeding Auction, which attracted international attention on the 10 coveted breedings. The bidding was exciting and a total of $71,800 was raised to support the Cup’s racing and breeding incentive projects. The highest bid of the auction was $40,000 for a breeding to top stallion Munjiz, bought by Lara Sawaya.
Denise Gault, Chief Steward, remarked that all of the stewards were “excited to continue the Arabian Racing Cup tradition and we are once again honored by our main sponsor, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival for their participation in this most prestigious event.”
The Arabian Racing Cup is a nonprofit corporation founded by Dr. Sam Harrison, originally chartered in 1983 and currently run by its Board of Stewards. The Cup is dedicated to the national and international promotion of breeding and racing purebred Arabian horses.
The Darley Awards were founded in 1987 and are the crowning jewel of the Arabian Racing Cup. The event is a solid tradition that has become a foundation of American Arabian Racing. This distinguished annual ceremony recognizes the most outstanding racehorses, jockeys, owners, trainers and breeders of the Arabian horse community. In 2012, the Cup joined together with the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival to further promote the prestigious Darley Awards event on an international level.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2015, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Yas Channel, Omeir Travels and Racing Post.
Cup Darley Awards
Cup Stakes Program
Darleys Hollywood date is set for April 3, 2015.
Supported by an extensive list of sponsors, the Darley Awards is under the direction of Lara Sawaya,Executive Director of the Festival, and organized by Arabian Racing Cup, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in association with International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities, Emirates Racing Authority, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, and supported by General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare. Emirates Airlines is the official carrier.
"Darley Awards Hollywood 2015" took center stage at a press conferences at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Center during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) in September.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards, which come under the auspices of the Arabian Racing Cup, is clearly recognized as the highest achievement possible for racing Arabians in the U.S. This event, along with the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards, will once again be held at the fabulous Dolby Theater. At the press conference, Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Head of International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) Ladies Racing announced "Darley Awards Hollywood 2015".
This glamorous event, sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be held April 3 and 4 in Hollywood, California. It will partner once again with the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards, which recognizes the outstanding international women of Arabian racing.
According to Sawaya, the Awards will be given glamorous treatment over two evenings. The Darley Awards will be presented on April 3 at the Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) in Highland Center. The Celebration Banquet will be held the following evening at a location to be determined, and the host hotel will be the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel.
Denise Gault, Chief Steward of the Arabian Racing Cup said, “We are honored to continue the partnership with the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival for our fourth year together. Darley Awards Hollywood 2015 will be another world-class event."
The Cup resurrects Stakes program and payouts to Breeders
Two Grade 3
ARABIAN RACING CUP STALLION STAKES IN TEXAS - Congratulations to the Winners VALIANT BOY SBFAR and RB BURN BABY BURN
Additional Prize Money to Arabian Horse Breeders from The Cup
The Arabian Racing Cup is pleased to announce the Breeders Reward checks have been issued to each breeder of record for the horses finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes (G3) at Lone Star Park in Dallas, Texas on October 18, 2014. Congratulations to the recipients of the inaugural ARC Breeders Reward!
Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes (G3)
Horse: Valiant Boy SBFAR
Breeder: Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed
Horse: RB Rich
Breeder: Dianne K. Waldron
Horse: DC Wileys Song
Breeder: Claudia Spears
Horse: Sand On Fire
Breeder: Jane R. Teutsch
Read the initial Release announcing the payouts to Breeders:
Recap: Open House and Meet & Greet, before the Gr. 3 Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes
The Cup sponsored a suite at Lone Star Park on October 18, the night of the Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes. In
Suite 510 overlooking the track, guests enjoyed an abundance of Small bites and appetizers and cash bar. All were welcomed. Earlier that day and the day prior, visitors enjoyed an OPEN HOUSE AT MANDOLYNN HILL FARM.
In 2014, the Arabian Racing Cup Stewards renewed their support of breeders through bonus money and sponsorship of the two Arabian Racing Cup Stallion S. (G3) held in Texas. This additional funding will be spread out around our racing states in different years. With last year’s allocation going to Texas, in 2015, $20,000 will be split evenly between Delaware and California to disseminate as they choose.
Future years will see the money sent to other locations. The 2015 funds will be split as follows:
For Delaware Park: The $10,000.00 will be put towards four (4) stakes with a $2,500 Breeders Incentive paid out (separately from the purse) to each stake as follows: $1,000.00 to breeder of winner, $800.00 to breeder of second place, and $700.00 to breeder of third place in each of these 4 stakes: Stakes:
~Delaware Park Arabian Oaks (G2), $30,000 G, to be run July 11
~Delaware Park Arabian Derby (G2), $30,000 G, to be run July18
~Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Filly Championship (G3), $25,000, to be run August 22
~Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship (G3), $25,000 G, to be run September 12
For California: The $10,000 will be put towards two (2) stakes races, with $5,000 added to each. Of the $5,000 added, $4,000 goes to the purse. The remaining $1,000 goes to a Breeders’ Incentive payout and is to be paid out separate from the purse, to the breeders as follows: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, and 3rd place $200. Stakes:
~Arabian Racing Cup S., $15,000, to be run at Pleasanton on June 21.
~Arabian Racing Cup S., $20,000, to be run September 11 at Los Alamitos
The Arabian Racing Cup is pleased to once again be able to reward breeders for their efforts of bringing outstanding, athletic Arabians to the racetrack.
The Darley News Archive
Often referred to as the "Oscars" of Arabian racing, sharing the spotlight on the Dolby Theater stage that evening are the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards for Ladies. These elite international Awards are presented in the name of Her Highness to outstanding women in Arabian racing globally. Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, announces the Ladies finalists in the eleven categories and awards are determined by an international panel of distinguished judges from 8 countries, including the UAE, United Kingdom, Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon, Netherlands, and United States.
News from our previous Darleys Events:
Results - April 4, 2014 Dolby Theatre
In California at the famous Dolby Theatre the home of the Oscars,
the best Arabian horses and people of the industry were awarded
with titles as the 2013 Champions of Arabian Racing
in the United States.