The EquiStar Award was created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in 2016 to recognize an individual or organization that, through compassion, hard work and generosity, enrich the New York Thoroughbred industry.
The first EquiStar Award went to Dr. Patty Hogan, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of New York’s retired racehorses. Click here for more.
In 2017, Chaplain Humberto Chavez, a beloved member of the racetrack community for nearly half his life, was honored for his inspiring dedication to New York’s backstretch workers. Click here for more.
The 2018 EquiStar Award recognized trainer Pat Kelly for his constant and outspoken support of the horsemen, the backstretch workers and the horses themselves. Click here for more.
In 2019, NYTHA honored the “Queen of Saratoga,” Marylou Whitney, for the legion of contributions made by her and her husband, John Hendrickson, to charitable organizations that benefit the backstretch workers, retired racehorses and their community. Click here for more.
The EquiStar Award ceremony is held during a cocktail reception following the annual NYTHA PAC Golf Tournament in the Rockville Links Clubhouse, Rockville Centre, NY.