We will be following all the action from California this weekend as the who’s who of Arabian racing descend on Hollywood for the H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley awards and the U.S. Darley awards which recognise outstanding achievement in Purebred Arabian racing and breeding. These awards are sponsored by the H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and will be held at the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars. Lara Sawaya, the Executive Director of the festival, President of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies and Chairman of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committee (IFAHR) outlined the schedule for the weekend with invitees also taking in the H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes (PA) at Santa Anita on April 2nd and then a glamorous gala dinner and stallion nomination auction at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on Sunday evening.
Joseph Gillis, owner of Easter Man has just won his second award of the evening as Jewel AA has just won the U.S. Darley for top 3 year old filly
In the 4 year old colt/gelding category there are three nominees; ES Mi Cielo, F Sixteen and Paddys Day with the award going to trainer Scott Powell's Paddys day - yet another son of Burning Sand
Next up is the U.S. Darley award for top 4 year old filly which has been given to RB Frynch Broad, a duel Arabian Oaks winner this season. Breeder Dianne Waldron said it was a dream come true to win this award.
In the older horse category 5 year old RB Rich and Thess Is Awesome are nominated alongside 11 year old So Big Is Better with the old timer making history in being announced as this years winner and his third consecutive Darley in this category
The sixth award of the evening, the best older mare, has just been awarded to DC Willeys Song with owner Jon Henningsgard, trainer Ken Danyluk and jockey Travis Wales collecting the prize
Three nominees line up for US Darley breeder of the year trophy, with the 2015 prize going to Jospeh and Betty Gillis - their third award of the night - as breeders of Burning Fleet, Jewell AA, Easter Man and Sand Victor all having won stakes races this year. The couple have been in the business for 24 years and are also nominated for owner of the year
And the Gillis' are back again! 4 awards in one night, what a fantastic achievement.
Lynn Ashby is announced as Champion trainer of the year as trainer of DC Willeys Song, All N All, Our Princess and Thess Is Awesome. Ashby has recently beaten cancer and said that it was her horses who helped her through
The US Darley award sees the boys versus the girls as Travis Wales and Ernesto Valdez Jiminez battle it out with Kelsi Purcell
And Kelsi Purcell has just been judged jockey of the year, Purcell is the rider of Paddys Day who earlier won the award for top 4 year old clot
Following live entertainment it is now time for the first H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley awards. The first prize is for top three year old filly and this goes to H.H. Sheikh Mansoor's own Mabrooka who has won 5 out of her 6 starts.
The top four year old filly award is presented to Sylvine Al Maury, who has won €135,000 this season. The filly was bred in France and is by champion sire Munjiz who stands at Sheikh Mansoor's Haras de Thouars
Best older mare has gone to Qatar bred and owned Taraf who is trained by Englishman Julian Smart
Norwegian Dina Heggum, who has ridden since she was 9, is judged best amateur jockey. She was female European amateur champion in 2014 and has ridden 9 winners from 52 rides this season
H.H. Sheikha Fatima Darley awards recognise outstanding female achievement - both horses and industry participants. The Scandinavian Fanny Olsson has just scooped the prize for best apprentice jockey
There are three nominees for the coveted best professional jockey award but Kelsi Purcell has beaten Astrid Wullschleger and Cornelia Fraisl to become a duel US Darley and Sheika Fatima Darley award winner
It's a tete-a-tete in the best breeder category but Rene-Laure Koch comes out on top as breeder of Sylvine Al Maury who has never been out of the money in 5 starts this season
There are several nominations for best owner, hailing from Australia, Tunisia, Turkey and the US but the shortest traveller has walked away with it. Deborah Mihaloff-Kirshner, who's 9 horses in training this season have won €106,026 between them including 3 stakes wins, has owned purebred arabian horses for over 40 years
Denise Gault, chief steward of the Arabian Racing Cup steps up to present the award for best trainer to Lynn Ashby - our second duel award winner this evening
Joint MC for the evening Victoria Shaw has just been awarded a Darley for best journalist of 2015. Shaw works around the globe promoting Arabian racing through both her work as a journalist and as a sports broadcaster
Brit Laura King, who works for Dubai Racing Channel, is the proud receiver of the best presenter award. King has worked in Dubai for 11 years and presents coverage of both Arabian and thoroughbred racing
And the purse goes to Thess Is Awesome who has led start to finish for duel Darley award winning trainer Lynn Ashby and jockey Travis Wales
Favourite Paddys Day comes in second in a photo for place with Easter Man taking third on the rostrum
Thess Is Awesome is now automatically qualified for the richest Arabian horse race in the world - the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown - which carries a pool of €1.2 million and will be run in Abu Dhabi in November as part of the H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival finals
We are here at the Beverly Wilshire, the hotel synonymous with Pretty Woman, for the 2016 Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Nomination Auction and Darley Awards Gala Dinner