Philip Leishman Media Racing Awareness Award


Applications for the 2018 Philip Leishman Media Racing Awareness Award are being taken now. For more information on how to apply, click here


In February 2014 the NZRHF Board announced the establishment of the above award which has as its objective “to improve the awareness of mainstream media people in the NZ horse breeding and racing industries”. This Award was established to honour our founding director and media personality - the late Phillip Leishman ONZM.

Phillip sadly passed away in March 2013. A special tribute to Phillip was played at our 2014 induction event.


We have established three components to this award:

  1. Attendance at selected race meetings with celebrities such as Kylie Bax, Bridgette and Lance O’Sullivan;

  2. Attendance at the Karaka Premier Yearling sales as an observer with the TVN television crew (Australia) and possibly with Trackside.

  3. As an observer with the TVN television crew in early January of each year when they visit Waikato and Auckland stud farms.

As noted above the award is a practical media award which will provide the awardee with a practical exposure to the NZ racing and breeding industries which will enable them to present our industry in an informative manner during their future media career.

The award is aimed at an emerging media person as our target audience must be younger people.


Standard Award Process

The process for nomination is as follows:

  1. Applications invited from candidates (ages 18 to 30) involved in media or media studies;

  2. Announce the awardee;

  3. Provide a cash grant to the awardee and fund their expenses;

  4. Assign a director to be the point of contact for the awardee;

  5. As part of the award, the awardee would report back to the Board on their experience and would address the following Induction Event.


Past Awardees

2016 Awardee - Vanessa Veart-Smith

2015 Awardee - Indie Leishman

As part of 2016 awardee Vanessa Veart-Smith's scholarship work she arranged for filming of the 2016 Karaka Weanling sales which was edited into the film clip below.