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Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards 2015

05 November 2015

In our series on the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards,2015 rider/groom award winner Simon Archer explains what the prize means to him.

How important are these awards?

It’s a chance to show how much time and effort we put into what we do. To win or even make the shortlist is a great achievement and something to be proud of; it makes all the hard grafting, getting up early and tackling the cold winters worth all the effort.Just to be nominated makes you feel your work is being noticed, which is greatly appreciated. 

What did it mean to be shortlisted for the award?

I've worked in racing for 16 years and have enjoyed every minute. I’d like to thank Sir Mark Prescott and William Butler for putting me forward. The whole experience of the awards was amazing and the night they put on for us was top class. It was nice I won for the rest of my colleagues. It’s a team effort and I couldn't have done it without them. 

What qualities make good stable/stud staff ?

Being willing to give all the time and effort into what you love. You have to love the job as it’s so hard and testing.You need to have great patience and determination as well as great people skills. Having a good work environment always makes the job more enjoyable. It’s an industry where you have to be tough and willing to work hard but it’s very rewarding. 

What is the most testing part of you rjob? 

The long, cold winters, which make the days feel a lot longer. Difficult horses can also be tricky but it’s a great feeling when you see them win races.It’s a dangerous sport and it’s never nice to see colleagues get injured. 

What do you most enjoy about your work? 

I love my job and wouldn't change it for anything, it’s the only job I've had. I work for a very good boss who stood by me when I was off for a long time with a head injury. You also get to travel all over Britain and if you’re lucky like me you get to travel the world and meet lots of great people. I also love the riding out, it gives you a great buzz when you sit on good horses. 

How can life be improved for stud and stable staff ?

I've seen racing come a long way in 16 years. For the lads riding out, safety is the main thing and is something we can never stop improving. I'm lucky enough that my job comes with accommodation. If more jobs offered that it would bring more people in to the industry, because rents these days are so expensive.

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