HISTORY OF THE LADY OF RACING AWARD.
The Lady of Racing Award was established in 1993 by Marie McCullough and Marcia Hill.
The aim of the Award has to recognise the achievements and contribution of women in the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Industry and to encourage further involvement of women in the industry.
The inaugural Lady of Racing Award was a gala black tie dinner held in the Committee Room at Moonee Valley Racing Club on the evening of May 19th 1994.
The recipient of the first Lady of Racing Award was Robin Levett.
The committee held annual Lady of Racing Awards until 1997 when Racing Victoria Limited took over the organisation of the event until 2002. There was no Lady of Racing Award in 2003.
In 2004 members of the Victorian Wakeful Club Inc. decided that they would register the name of "The Victorian Wakeful Club Lady of Racing" and continue with this prestigious award.
The aims of the award have remained the same and there have been some excellent women recognised and honoured with the annual title "Lady of Racing".
Racing Victoria Limited continues as the Clubs major sponsor, however the Club has been most fortunate in receiving sponsorship from some of the major participants of the Racing and Breeding Industry over the last two years.
The change of timing for the Lady of Racing Award lunch from Spring to Autumn has proven to be a very successful move.
LADY OF RACING AWARD HONOUR ROLL
- Robin Levett
- Shelley Hancox
- Joanne Spiers
- Anne Carlyon
- Helen Cantwell
- Emma Boling
- Victoria Armstrong
- Kerry Gillespie
- Jean Purcell
2003 - Not Awarded
- Andrea Leek
- Majella Ballantyne
- Margaret Lucas
- Wendy Kelly
- Pauline Liston
- Fran Houlahan
- Leonie Bibby
- Michelle Payne
- Penny Reeve
- Christie Woodard
- Gaye Gauci-Marchant
- Cheryl McCarthy
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History of the Lady of Racing Award