Monday, December 17, 2018
The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that William D. Graham and Gustav Schickedanz will each be presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for their life long dedication and commitment to Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding in Canada.
Nominated by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit honours those who have accomplished outstanding individual achievements and have made a significant contribution to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada.
William D. Graham the owner of Windhaven Farms won his first Sovereign Award in 1989 with Champion Two-YearOld Filly Wavering Girl. Since then he has won four Sovereign Awards including the 2012 Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder. Mr. Graham has been involved in the Canadian thoroughbred industry for approximately fifty years. He has bred multiple stakes winners including the 2012 Horse of the Year and Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Uncaptured became the first two-year-old to be named Canada’s Horse of the Year since 1986. Windhaven Farms won the Canadian Oaks with multiple stakes winner Blondeinamotel and has continued their success in 2018 with multiple stakes winning homebred, Tiz Breathtaking, among other successful horses.
Gustav Schickedanz first became involved with thoroughbreds in the early 1970’s. He bred and raced the extremely talented colt Langfuhr. The Sovereign Award winner in 1996 as Champion Sprinter continued his success in the breeding shed as an accomplished sire producing six champions including homebred Wando, winner of the 2003 Canadian Triple Crown. Mr. Schickedanz won his first of two Queen’s Plates with homebred Woodcarver and is the breeder/owner of seven Sovereign Award winners. Gustav Schickedanz also bred multiple stakes winners including Gal In A Ruckus the only Canadian bred to win the Kentucky Oaks S. GI and Jambalaya, the only Canadian bred to win the Arlington Million H. GI
The Jockey Club of Canada is proud to present the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit to these most deserving individuals. The 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony honouring Canada’s Champions will take place at Chateau Le Jardin on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.
For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Candice Dixon at 416-675-7756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.