TBA and Racing Foundation project up for green award

Environmental study is the first of its kind in the racing industry
The award-nominated project seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of studs

The Racing Foundation and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) have been shortlisted for the British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) Awards.

The Environmental Impact of Stud Farms Assessment project has been shortlisted for the Innovation; Initiatives and Products Award Category.

The awards recognise those in the sports sector who have introduced initiatives that have a positive impact on the planet and communities.

The Racing Foundation and TBA join Premier League football clubs Southampton and Norwich City and broadcasters Sky Sports and BBC as shortlisted nominees.

It is the first time the British horseracing industry has been shortlisted for an award in this area.

Rob Hezel, chief executive of the Racing Foundation, said: “We are delighted the TBA’s project has been shortlisted for the BASIS awards.

“Environmental sustainability is crucial for horseracing’s long-term future and as such, we were pleased to fund the Environmental Sustainability of Stud Farms project.

“The Racing Foundation’s 2021-2023 strategy includes environmental sustainability as one of its key funding areas and the TBA study was the first application of its kind we received.

“We hope this project will build momentum and be the first of many applications for the funding of further research, resourcing and initiatives to enhance sustainability throughout the thoroughbred sector.”

The Environmental Impact of Stud Farms Assessment project was funded by the Racing Foundation and instigated by the TBA’s Environmental Sustainability Working Group, which seeks to collaborate on grassland management practices that enhance air and water quality and soil health, mitigate flood risk and increase biodiversity while also reducing the carbon footprint of studs.

The study is the first of its kind in the horseracing industry and aims to identify the opportunities and obstacles specific to equine pasture management. The project was announced on April 22, 2021, a date known as Earth Day.

Claire Sheppard, chief executive of the TBA, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for a BASIS award. The project to assess the environmental impact of stud farms is just the first step towards a more sustainable future for our industry.

“Understanding both the positive and negative environmental aspects of stud operations and land management will help inform our working group and ensure we build an evidence-based strategy for future work.

“I would like to thank the Racing Foundation for supporting us in this work, the members of the TBA’s environmental working group and the participating farms for allowing us to use their premises as case studies.”

The winner will be announced at the awards event which is being held at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground in London on October 19.