Seth Hancock of Claiborne Farm and the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio, the former chairman of OSAF (South American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds), have been chosen as the recipients of the 2015 latest replica Rolex watches and IFHA International Award of Merit. The award, which recognizes distinguished horsemen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing, was given by Juan-Carlos Capelli, Rolex’ Vice President, Head of International Marketing, and Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), at the Gala Dinner of the Pan American Conference Friday night at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The dinner, which was presented by Rolex as part of a Pan American Conference hosted this week in New York City by the Latin American Racing Channel and The US Jockey Club, gathered 400 attendees.
As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the Swiss watchmaker had the pleasure to present the Rolex replica watches uk and IFHA International Award of Merit, previously honoring leading Irish trainer, owner, and breeder Jim Bolger and France’s Alec Head, a past champion trainer and patriarch of leading stud farm Haras du Quesnay.
“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the latest recipients of this prestigious award, both being exceptional contributors to the world of horse racing,” said Juan-Carlos Capelli. “We are especially pleased to do it here in New York, as New York and flat racing hold a special place in the history of Rolex in equestrian sports. In 1878, we produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. This model was first seen on the racetracks as early as 1881 in New York.”
“Seth Hancock and Marcel Zarour Atanacio demonstrated true passion and commitment to our sport over a long period of time and they embody the excellence that the cheap fake Rolex watches and IFHA International Award of Merit represent,” said Louis Romanet. “They each demonstrated a willingness to grow Thoroughbred breeding and racing outside of their home regions and have been respected leaders throughout their careers.”
Seth Hancock oversaw Claiborne Farm from 1972 through 2013. Soon after he became president, he syndicated Secretariat for a then record $6.08 million before the champion 2-year-old colt had begun his 3-year-old campaign, a campaign that saw him become the first American Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Under Seth Hancock’s guidance and leadership, and throughout countless changes in the breeding industry landscape, Claiborne Farm has grown into an international business focusing on breeding and raising world-class Thoroughbred racehorses with clients in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Japan. On the matter of medication reform and leadership, Hancock has been among a group of prominent breeders that have forcefully argued for better regulations and the elimination of race-day medications. Shortly after the farm celebrated its 100th year of operation in 2010, Claiborne Farm received the Eclipse Award of Merit for extraordinary service and contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. In early 2014, he was succeeded as president of Claiborne Farm by his son Walker Hancock.
The late Marcel Zarour Atanacio was the former chairman of OSAF (South American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds) from 2011 until his death in late 2014. Marcel Zarour was also the vice chairman of Club Hípico de Santiago, chairman of the Chilean Stud Book Commission and owner of Haras El Sheik. Under his stewardship, he advanced OSAF’s activities and organization in order to strengthen the working relationship among its members and between South America, as well as the rest of the racing world. Developments undertaken during his tenure as chairman include the expansion of the OSAF board of directors, formal creation of a number of technical committees and inclusion of South American countries to the Rolex World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. In March 2014, he oversaw an agreement between Replica Rolex Day Date II and OSAF whereby Rolex became an official partner of the federation and the Swiss timekeeper would become the main sponsor of the highly rated Group 1, the Rolex Gran Premio Latinoamericano. Among his last functions as chairman, he managed the efforts that led to Uruguay obtaining the approval of International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee and IFHA for 12 Group races at Hipódromo de Maroñas to be acknowledged as Part I of the International Cataloguing Standards.
Seth Hancock and María Luisa “Icha” Solari, widow of Marcel Zarour, were present to accept the 2015 Rolex and IFHA International Award of Merit.More at www.rolexswiss.co.uk.