“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)
For many people in the horse world, acts of selflessness and bravery are “just another day at work,” but RTCA wishes to recognize these heroic acts of love. It was in this spirit that the WHITE HORSE AWARD was created.

2016 White Horse Awards: Arcadia, CA

Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2016

Do you know a hero disguised as a worker within the horse racing industry? Race Track Chaplaincy of America is currently seeking nominees for our 14th Annual White Horse Award.

The White Horse Award is presented annually at Race Track Chaplaincy of America’s (RTCA) White Horse Award Luncheon to an individual who has done something heroic on behalf of human or horse. It is our way of recognizing those unsung heroes of horse racing, whether their actions are of a headline-grabbing, or the quiet and not-so-obvious, kind of heroism.

Established in 2003, it is presented at the Annual White Horse Awards Luncheon (WHA), held the day before Breeders’ Cup weekend at whichever racetrack has been selected to host The Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Other awards presented at the White Horse Award Luncheon include the Tribute to Excellence and Community Service Awards.

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2015 White Horse Awards Recipients

2015 Tribute to Excellence Award Recipient is…

2015 Community Service Award Recipient is…

2015 White Horse Award Recipient is…

Criteria for each award:


Click here to view photos from past White Horse Award Luncheons


Honor Roll of White Horse Heroes
2003 Leigh Gray, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
2004 John Woodley, Fairmont Park, Collinsville, IL
2005 Louis Pomes, Bernard Parish, LA
2006 Clinton Beck, Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD
2007 Johnny Arrendondo Ponce, Oceanside, CA
2008 Todd Malley, Larry Higgs, Beau Smith, and Jason Inabinnett, Vinton, LA
2009 Steve Hiatt, San Pablo, CA
2010 Daniel Orantes, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
2011 Jeremy Best, Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
2012 The Late Michael Collier Priddy, Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK (02/04/88 – 03/04/12)
2013 Dr. Michael Mason, DVM,  Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2014 Rodolfo Arvizu, Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ

2015 Eric Najduch, Los Alamitos, CA

Community Service Award Recipients
2005 Curtis Sliwa, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Bryan Jared, Jon Sallee, and James Maupin, Lexington, KY
2008 Fred Stone, Agoura Hills, CA
2009 John Harris, Coalinga, CA
2010 The Late Bill Howard, Louisville, KY
2011 National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, Lexington, KY
2012 Chaplain Israel “Izzy” Vega, West Covina, CA
2013 Marylou Whitney & John Hendrickson, Saratoga Springs, NY
2014 Chaplain Dr. Rev. Nicholas Salios, Norristown, PA

2015 Robert Clark, Georgetown, KY

Tribute to Excellence (a posthumous honor)
2010 Dick Broadbent, Lexington, KY (1937 – 2010)
2011 Chick Lang, Easton, MD (1926 – 2010))
2012 Norma Stone (1931 – 2011)
2013 Charles Whittingham, San Macros, CA (1913 – 1999)
2014 Jeffrey Coady, Luling, TX (1951 – 2013)

2015 Patsy Payne, Oklahoma City, OK (1940 – 2015)

H.W. “Salty” Roberts Founder’s Award
2015 Ted Bassett, Midway, KY

Special Tribute
2012 John Shear, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA