Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemales’s Affiliation’s Jessica Hammond
The MTHA congratulates workers member Jessica Hammond for being acknowledged with the Dr. J. David Richardson Community Award for 2022 as a part of the Godolphin Thoroughbred Business Worker Awards.
The award acknowledges those that have demonstrated an excellent contribution to the Thoroughbred business, and specifically, to the larger good of the game. It consists of those that assist the breeding and racing workers or have made an excellent contribution to the broader Thoroughbred neighborhood.
Preferrred candidates ought to work both for or with a charitable group, or as a part of the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred enterprise for which they work. Nominees for the award don’t must be instantly employed within the Thoroughbred business. This yr’s awards ceremony can be held Oct. 14 at Keeneland.
Hammond, who joined the MTHA as counselor and benevolence administrator, quickly after increasing her function as administrator of the brand new Past The Wire aftercare program when it was fashioned at the side of the Maryland Jockey Membership and Maryland Horse Breeders Affiliation in Might 2017. She and her husband, Scott, reside on a farm in Harford County.
Hammond was nominated for the Community Award by Georganne Hale, MJC Vice President of Racing Improvement and a member of the Past The Wire Board of Administrators.
“I made a decision to appoint Jessica for the Thoroughbred Business Community Award as a result of she is an individual who so deserves it,” Hale mentioned. “Jessica helps each particular person on the bottom or frontside of the racetracks in Maryland. She is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week, twelve months a yr. Jessica helps and solves issues that staff carry to her when they might have an effect on their bodily or psychological well-being. Her door is at all times open.
“Jessica not solely helps the people. Her different job is defending the horses when their careers as racehorses are over. Jessica makes certain each horse lands in a secure and wholesome surroundings once they retire. We’d like many extra Jessica Hammonds within the racing business.”
Hammond is the third MTHA worker to be honored as a part of Thoroughbred Business Worker Awards. Workplace supervisor Diana Pinones was runner-up for the Community Award in 2021 whereas the now-retired Bobby Lillis gained the identical award in 2019.
“Receiving this award is an actual honor,” Hammond mentioned. “I first grew to become conscious of the Godolphin Awards after we have been dwelling in Newmarket, England, and so they’ve been on my radar ever since. It is icing on the cake to get an award for jobs which are already so rewarding. I am a fortunate woman.”
In roughly 5 years, greater than 550 horses have gone by Past the Wire program, which companions with a gaggle of Thoroughbred Aftercare Affiliation-accredited amenities in Maryland and past. Hammond has labored to develop the community of associate farms to make sure that extra horses are capable of finding properties and transfer on to second careers.