Studio46 Media partners with Godolphin & 2020 TIEA Award Ceremony

Studio46 Media had the opportunity to partner with Godolphin to host the 2020 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards on November 5, 2020. The yearly event recognizes and rewards the outstanding talent, diligence, and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff in the thoroughbred industry.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and lack of in-person events, the fifth year of The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards took place virtually during Breeders’ Cup week. The ceremony was hosted by Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations at Colonial Downs live from Studio46 in Lexington, KY.

Godolphin invited their audience to join them through a livestream of the awards ceremony. Each award finalist was invited to be on the Zoom call so the audience could watch each finalist receive their award presentation. You can see the full presentation here.

Partners of the event consisted of The Jockey Club, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Breeders’ Cup. Media partners included; BloodHorse Publications, The Thoroughbred Daily News, the Daily Racing Form, The Paulick Report, TVG, and Fox Sports.

The following individuals were awarded during the virtual ceremony:

  • Administration Award: Dionne Johnson
  • Dedication to Breeding Award: Helen Otero
  • Dedication to Racing Award: Gregory Smothers
  • Leadership Award – Breeding: Wayne Clem
  • Leadership Award – Racing: Carmen McShane
  • Newcomer Award: Aaron West
  • Community Award: Maria Christina Silva

Congratulations to all 2020 TIEA finalists and winners! To learn more about the awards and the finalists, please visit

Studio46 Media is proud to have helped produce the 2020 awards ceremony, and take part in the

To watch the award finalists receive their awards, visit the TIEA website and view the live footage from the 2020 virtual TIEA ceremony.