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Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards 2015

11 November 2015

Our series on the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards continues with Peter Shoemark,racing office manager to John Gosden and winner of last year’s administration award

How important are these stud & stable staff awards? 

Extremely important. They recognise all the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes and we are very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin for their continued support. 

What did it mean to you to win the award?

It was amazing to have that recognition and I know the boss and everyone in the yard was pleased for me, which makes it a team win. It is such a prestigious award and, as so many wonderful people work in the racing industry, to win my category was the highlight of my career. It is such a shame the administration award has been dropped as myself and other administrative colleagues play an important role in the sport. 

What qualities make good stable/stud staff? 

To be able to work as a team and put up with unsociable hours. You have to be dedicated and love what you are doing. 

What is the most testing part of your job? 

It is pretty intense during the Flat season. You take a deep breath in March and hold it until mid-November. There isno time to take holidays so they are saved for the winter when it’s wet, cold and dark! But I can think of a lot worse jobs. 

What do you most enjoy about your work?

Obviously winners, but each day is different. I'm fortunate I am out on the gallops on work mornings filming the horses and then move in to the office to do duties which include placing the horses, form, race planning, dealing with owners,head people, vets, agents and discussing with John [Gosden] plans for the horses.

How can life be improved for stud and stable staff? 

Most trainers will agree attracting good staff is a major problem. Most people come into this industry because they love horses, but as with any animal they need looking after seven days a week, 365 days a year, and because of that you have to work unsociable hours,which does not make the job appealing to the average person. 

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