The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) Northern Region Awards ceremony took place on Friday 25th of October, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
The association showcases annually the achievements of the Irish Breeding industry through its National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremonies. This is a wonderful night to celebrate the dedicated work and success of Thoroughbred Breeders in Northern Ireland. This year’s winners hail from all over Northern Ireland and were kindly supported and awarded by important equine organisations throughout Ireland. Awards were presented to honour and acknowledge achievements of Irish bred horses in both Flat and National Hunt disciplines from the 2019 season on a global stage.
Bluegrass Horse Feed have been involved in sponsoring an award at this prestigious event annually. This year the Bluegrass sponsored award went to the leading point to point horse ‘Hi Murphy’ who was bred and owned by Mr. Peter Murphy.
Award Winners and Sponsors at the ITBA Northern Region Awards night 2019:
Leading point to point Award – Hi Murphy
Breeder: Mr Peter Murphy
Sponsor: Bluegrass Horse Feed
Leading NH Mare Award – Santa Rossa
Breeder: Mrs P Conway Sponsor: Weatherbys Ltd
Leading NH Horse Award - Battleoverdoyen
Breeder: Caroline Berry Sponsor: Tattersalls Ireland
Leading 2YO Award - Stay Classy
Breeder: Richard Auld Sponsor: Coolmore Stud
Leading 3YO Award - Danzan
Breeder: Colin Kennedy Sponsor: Goffs
Leading Overseas Horse - Magical Forest
Breeder: Mairead O'Grady & Adrian McMullan Sponsor: Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM)
Leading Older Horse - Best Solution
Breeder: Cecil & Martin McCracken Sponsor: Godolphin
Contribution to the Industry Award: Mr Richard Lyttle
Sponsor: The Irish Field
Bluegrass would like to congratulate all award recipients and hope this will drive their future success.