Tipperary's Aidan O'Brien and Joseph O'Brien win Horse Racing Ireland awards

Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien received the Contribution to the Industry award at Horseracing Ireland's annual awards.

Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien and his Piltown-based son Joseph were honoured at this week’s Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Awards at Leopardstown Racecourse. 

Aidan, who continues to enjoy outstanding success at the highest level around the world, received the Contribution to the Industry Award, while Joseph received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

In the course of another highly successful season Aidan O’Brien set a new world record for the number of Group and Grade One winners trained on the Flat in a calendar year.

Joseph, meanwhile, who has made a great start to his training career in the last eighteen months, made headlines all around the world when he sent out Rekindling to win the Melbourne Cup.


Joseph O'Brien (above) has won Horseracing Ireland's Outstanding Achievement Award.

The winners were announced at a reception at Leopardstown Racecourse which was attended by many of the industry’s leading figures.

The guest of honour was Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and guests were welcomed by the Chairman of HRI, Joe Keeling.

The winners of the 15th annual awards were as follows

• Contribution to the Industry Award: Aidan O'Brien

• Horse of the Year Award: Sizing John

• National Hunt Award: Jessica Harrington

• Flat Award: Colin Keane

• Outstanding Achievement Award: Joseph O'Brien

• Point-To-Point Award: Barry O’Neill

• Racecourse of the Year Award: Down Royal Racecourse