The Darley Champions

The best in Arabian Horse Racing in the United States, since 1987

The Darley Awards were founded in 1987. It is a solid tradition that has become a foundation of American Arabian Racing. This distinguished annual ceremony recognizes the most outstanding racehorses, jockeys, owners, trainers and breeders of the Arabian horse community. In 2012, the event took on a new name as the event became truly international: The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahayan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards.

These are our highest achievers.

DARLEY CHAMPION HORSES OF THE YEAR, USA

Year Name
2015 PADDYS DAY
2014 VALIANT BOY SBFAR
2013 SO BIG IS BETTER
2012 VALIANT BOY SBFAR
2011 TM FRED TEXAS
2010 SAND WITCHH
2009 SAND WITCHH
2008 THOROUGHBRED
2007 FRYVOLOUS
2006 MD BLUE CHIP
2005 TH RICHIE
2004 DA ADIOS
2003 RW COUNTRY GENT
2002 DA ADIOS
Year Name
2001 TRIPLE FIVE
2000 MAGELLAN FRSB
1999 ROYAL ATHEENA
1998 DIXIE DARLENE
1997 HT SARAH
1996 SIDEWAYS
1995 PATRIOT MISSLE+
1994 FMR HADASSAH
1993 UNCHAINEDD MELODY
1992 VICTORIAS SECRET
1991 MONARCH AH
1990 NF PROOF
1989 NF PROOF
1988 CHARLIE VALENTINE
1987 VLADIN

DARLEY CHAMPION PEOPLE AWARDS

Breeder

Year Name
2015 JOE OR BETTY GILLIS
2014 DIANNE K. WALDRON
2013 BILL WALDRON
2012 BILL WALDRON
2011 TODD MOAK
2010 DIANNE K. WALDRON
2009 DIANNE K. WALDRON
2008 DARLEY STUD MANAGMENT
2007 DARLEY STUD
2006 TRACKSIDE FARM
2005 DARLEY STABLE
2004 DARLEY STABLE
2003 TOWN & COUNTRY FARM
2002 ALAN KIRSHNER & DEB MIHALOFF
2001 MAGNESS RACING VENTURES
2000 MAGNESS ARABIANS
1999 MAGNESS ARABIANS
1998 TOWN & COUNTRY FARMS
1997 ROBBIE ROGERS
1996 TOWN & COUNTRY FARM
1995 TOWN & COUNTRY FARM
1994 TOWN & COUNTRY FARM
1993 THOMAS & EUNICE LUCKETT
1992 TOWN & COUNTRY FARM
1991 MARTHA D. THURMON
1990 MARTHA D. THURMON
1989 NORMAN SAUEY
1988 SAM HARRISON

Owner

Year Name
2015 JOE & BETTY GILLIS
2014 GUY NEIVENS
2013 MARK POWELL
2012 SAM VASQUEZ
2011 SAM VASQUEZ
2010 BILL WALDRON
2009 GUY NEIVENS
2008 SAM VASQUEZ
2007 BILL & CATHY WALDRON
2006 BILL & CATHY WALDRON
2005 BILL & CATHY WALDRON
2004 DIANNE K. WALDRON
2003 DARLEY STUD MANAGEMENT
2002 DIANNE K. WALDRON
2001 DIANNE K. WALDRON
2000 D. STEPHEN HOLLIS
1999 MAGNESS RACING VENTURES
1998 BILL & CATHY WALDRON
1997 TOWN & COUNTRY FARMS

Trainer

Year Name
2015 LYNN ASHBY
2014 LYNN ASHBY
2013 SCOTT POWELL
2012 RONALD MARTINO
2011 RONALD MARTINO
2010 TRACY NUNLEY
2009 HELEN SHELLY
2008 ELIZABETH BRAND
2007 BILL WALDRON
2006 BILL WALDRON
2005 BILL WALDRON
2004 PHIL SAXER, JR.
2003 LYNETTE HERSHBELL
2002 LYNN ASHBY
2001 LYNN ASHBY
2000 PHIL SAXER, JR.
1999 LYNN ASHBY
1998 LYNN ASHBY
1997 ROGER WERNETH
1996 BILLY LEWIS
1995 LYNN ASHBY
1994 LYNN ASHBY
1993 YANCY CARTER, JR.
1992 BILL WALDRON
1991 YANCY CARTER, JR.
1990 YANCY CARTER, JR.
1989 JAMES FRAZIER, JR.
1988 ROBERT KNIGHT
1987 JOHN SIMMONS

Jockey

Year Name
2015 KELSI PURCELL
2014 KIRSTEN SWAN
2013 JUAN TORRES
2012 GREGORIO RIVERA
2011 RICARDO SANTANA
2010 WILLIAM HOLLICK
2009 WILLIAM HOLLICK
2008 WILLIAM HOLLICK
2007 WILLIAM HOLLICK
2006 JUAN UMANA
2005 JUAN UMANA
2004 OLIVER CASTILLO
2003 CLYDE MARTIN
2002 ALISON HERSHBELL
2001 ALISON HERSHBELL
2000 JORGE BOURDIEU
1999 THOMAS ZAMORA
1998 MICHAEL PINDELL
1997 MICHAEL PINDELL
1996 DARON LONG
1995 JERRY LAMBERT
1994 RICHARD PFAU
1993 RICHARD PFAU
1992 YVONNE AZEF

DARLEY CHAMPION HORSE AWARDS

3 Year Old Colts

Year Name
2015 EASTER MAN
2014 LAZUR HESS
2013 THESS IS AWESOME
2012 SMOKE HOUSE
2011 BORN TO BOOGIE MC
2010 VENOM
2009 QUITE A SHOW
2008 GOLLY BRET
2007 OUR MACHINE
2006 THE LAST DANSE
2005 THOROUGHBRED
2004 TH RICHIE
2003 DJENIUS
2002 STELLAR
2001 DA ADIOS
2000 CROIXNOIRE
1999 LINE DANCER
1998 DREAMS OF VALOR
1997 TIGRES LIGHT
1996 SIDEWAYS
1995 SOUTHERN STORM
1994 PATRIOT MISSLE
1993 TOMANCHIE
1992 TC TOMAHAWK
1991 TC TOMTYR
1990 MONARCH AH
1989 SEND OUT
1988 SAM TIKI
1987 CHARLIE VALENTINE

3 Year Old Fillies

Year Name
2015 JEWELL AA
2014 LOVE TO DANCE
2013 DHAAN
2012 WYCKED
2011 GOLDEN ODESSY
2010 SANDDPIPER
2009 SAND WITCHH
2008 DIXIES VALENTINE
2007 DIXIE DANCE
2006 ROLLY POLLY
2005 CATH
2004 DELPHINE
2003 NAFISSAH
2002 MORE ADORAABLE
2001 TU FOR ALL
2000 BELLAA
1999 TC KENTUCKY BLUE
1998 ROYAL ATHEENA
1997 WINNING SPIRIT MA
1996 SEVILLA WIKEYNA
1995 CASH ONTHE SPOT
1994 CR ANGEL KATE
1993 UNCHAINEDD MELODY
1992 VICTORIAS SECRETT
1991 CR SAMBORSTA
1990 FRYGA
1989 MAPLE SUGAR
1988 BUNNY
1987 SAMTYRA

4 Year Old Colts

Year Name
2015 PADDYS DAY
2014 RB CHAMPAGNE TASTE
2013 SMOKE HOUSE
2012 VALIANT BOY SBFAR
2011 T M FRED TEXAS
2010 GRILLA
2009 QJUICK SAND PW
2008 REMARKABLE MAN
2007 FRYVOLOUS
2006 TOUR DE FRANCE
2005 TH RICHIE
2004 DJENIUS
2003 ONTARIO HF
2002 DA ADIOS
2001 TC TOMS DELIGHT
2000 LINE DANCER
1999 DREAMS OF VALOR
1998 TIGRES LIGHT
1997 THE WIKING
1996 JEST YOU WAIT
1995 PATRIOT MISSLE+
1994 SEEKING AH
1993 CALIN DE LOUVE
1992 TOP FLYTE
1991 MONARCH AH
1990 MAGNA TERRA SMOKY
1989 NF PROOF
1988 CHARLIE VALENTINE
1987 VLADIN

4 Year Old Fillies

Year Name
2015 RB FRYNCH BROAD
2014 OUR PRINCESS
2013 MAHRA T
2012 MS DIXIE
2011 SANDDPIPER
2010 SAND WITCHH
2009 DIXIES VALENTINE
2008 ABRA CAADABRA
2007 ROLLY POLLY
2006 CATH
2005 DIXIES DELIGHT
2004 FRYNCH
2003 MORE ADORAABLE
2002 TU FOR ALL
2001 TRIPLE FIVE
2000 TC CHI CHI
1999 ROYAL ATHEENA
1998 DIXIE DARLENE
1997 SUPER TIKI
1996 SOARING FASTNEASY
1995 EASTER IA
1994 WIKINGS DREAM
1993 VICTORIAS SECRETT
1992 WIDANIA
1991 FRYGA
1990 IAM NO FOOL
1989 BUNNY
1988 SAMTYRA
1987 BELLA JOYA

Older Horses

Year Name
2015 SO BIG IS BETTER
2014 VALIANT BOY SBFAR
2013 SO BIG IS BETTER
2012 SO BIG IS BETTER
2011 GRILLA
2010 MOULIN ROUGE MAF
2009 THOROUGHBRED
2008 THOROUGHBRED
2007 AIM SOUTH
2006 MD BLUE CHIP
2005 SUDDEN MISCHIEF
2004 DA ADIOS
2003 RW COUNTRY GENT
2002 ZACHZELL
2001 LINE DANCER
2000 MAGELLAN FRSB
1999 ZT NAPHL
1998 MR FULL SERVICE
1997 DON CONDARE
1996 STRIKE A POSE
1995 MAGNA TERRA SMOKY
1994 TC TOMTYR
1993 TC TOMTYR
1992 OH BY GOSH
1991 MAGNA TERRA SMOKY
1990 NF PROOF
1989 CHARLIE VALENTINE
1988 FLAMING TRON KU
1987 FLAMING TRON KU

Older Mares

Year Name
2015 DC WILLEYS SONG
2014 MS DIXIE
2013 MS DIXIE
2012 SANDDPIPER
2011 TM SUPER BIRD
2010 AF SASSY DREAMS
2009 ROLLY POLLY
2008 JESSYS PRINCESS
2007 CATH
2006 DIXIES DELIGHT
2005 RODANIA ARBI
2004 TRIPLE FIVE
2003 STACCATA
2002 MURKANAS GLORY
2001 TC KENTUCKY BLUE
2000 ROYAL ATHEENA
1999 WIBWILCCA
1998 CASH ONTHE SPOT
1997 HT SARAH
1996 SALTIKI
1995 FRYGA
1994 FMR HADASSAH
1993 FRYGA
1992 JUANS KARITA KU
1991 SAMCHERIE
1990 SAMOA STAR
1989 JESSORCA
1988 SHAWNA DEW
1987 SHAWNA DEW

Sprinter

this category discontinued after 2009

Year Name
2009 Qjuick Sand PW
2008 Walk The Line
2007 Gimme A Break
2006 Frynge Benefit
2005 TH Richie
2004 Djenius
2003 Joyful Love
Year Name
2002 Bonuz
2001 Line Dancer
2000 Line Dancer
1999 Royal Atheena
1998 Cash Onthe Spot
1997 RD Zell

The Darleys under direction of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

The generous sponsorship of the Darley Awards by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is part of their great initiatives in creating international relations to enhance global peace and promote mutual interests. The Arabian horse represents an important part of the UAE's heritage and history, held in highest regard by enthusiasts around the world.

Since 2012, The Darley Awards is under the direction of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Lara Sawaya Executive Director of the Festival, and organized by Arabian Racing Cup, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in association with Emirates Racing Authority, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, IFAHR, and supported by General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare. Emirates Airlines is the official carrier.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

The prestigious international Ladies Darley Awards are the highlight of the new Darley Ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre annually in Hollywood, California. This is yet another initiative from HER HIGHNESS SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK in cementing and consolidating the successes of women's sports at local and international levels.

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Darley Award Winners, honored in Hollywood 2016

  • Mabrooka, France - Best 3-Year-Old Filly
  • Sylvine Al Maury - Best 4-Year-Old Filly
  • Taraf, Qatar - Best Mare
  • Rene-Laure Koch, France - Best Breeder
  • Deb Mihaloff, United States - Best Owner
  • Lynn Ashby, United States - Best Trainer
  • Kelsi Purcell, United States - Best Professional Jockey
  • Dina Heggum, Norway - Best Amateur Jockey
  • Fanny Olsson, Sweden - Best Apprentice Jockey
  • Karol Loureiro, Brazil - Best Photographer
  • Lara King, United Kingdom - Best TV Presenter
  • Victoria Shaw, Australia - Best Journalist
  • Maria Alvarez, Spain - Best Endurance Rider

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Darley Award Winners, honored in Hollywood 2015

  • Nadine Frampton, Australia - Best Photographer
  • Catherine de Robert Labarthe, France - Best Breeder
  • Deniz Kurtel, Turkey - Best Owner
  • Karin van den Bos, Netherlands - Best Trainer
  • Stefania Gandola, United Kingdom - Best Jockey
  • Youjiza, Moracco - Best 3-Year-Old Filly
  • Lorra, France – Best 4-Year-Old Filly
  • Djanka Des Forges, France - Best Mare
  • Fanny Hubard-Salmon, France – Best TV Presenter
  • Denise Hearst, United States - Best Journalist
  • Marijke Visser, Netherlands - Best Endurance Rider
  • Denise Gault - Best Lifetime Achievement

Find out more about the Festival, previous winners and other programs, and the importan roster of sponsors.