The Grooms Award

Recognizing and Rewarding the Professional Horse Show groom.

About Us


The Grooms Award, Ltd

Created in 1998.
501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
Recognizing the professional horse show groom. 

Board Members: Georgia Coyle, Tracy Emanuel, James Herring, Andrea Mewhinney, Nicole Orna, Karen Ouellett.

Now a not-for-profit 501(c)3, The Grooms Award recognizes the professional hunter/jumper groom and their dedication to care of the show horse.  


Our Story

The Grooms Award - Founded in October, 1998. First awarded at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg PA, USA - The Caffarey-Hennessy trophies. Presented to the groom of the winning horse. Gift bags are awarded to each groom of a declared Grand Prix horse.  Created in memory of Moira Caffarey, groom of "I Love You" and George Hennessy, horse transporter and friend to all.



In 1998, a grooms' award was first presented at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA, USA. The recipient of the award cared for the horse winning the Grand Prix de Penn National. Grooms from a previous generation initiated recognizing the grooms of today!



Created to recognize the workers "behind the scenes," the award was named for Moira Caffarey, who unexpectedly passed away in 1997. Moira cared for World Cup Champion "I Love You.". Friends of Moira donated a trophy for the first-ever grooms' award at "Harrisburg," while individuals and companies gave prizes to the winning groom.

The Caffarey grooms award gained national and international support, with donations arriving from the USA, England, Ireland, France, and South Africa. In 2014, another trophy was added to the grooms award. Horse transporter George Hennessy's name was added to create the Caffarey-Hennessy Grooms Award. Two perpetual trophies are awarded to the winning groom.

As donations increased each year, it was decided each of the Grand Prix grooms deserved a Thank You for their efforts and professionalism. A tote bag was awarded to each Grand Prix groom, filled with goodies and gift cards from generous sponsors.


Now a Not-for-Profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization, The Grooms' Award, Ltd. held an grooms event at the 2018 Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida. Grooms' Award events will be offered at a handful of major horse shows each year.

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Your support and contributions will enable us to celebrate more amazing grooms. The full amount of this gift is a deductible contribution; please retain the receipt for tax purposes. 

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Thank you Grooms Award supporters!


Aiken Saddlery, Beacon Hill Transportation, Belle Herbe Farm, Blue Moon Images, Barbara Borg, Mr & Mrs Carleton Brooks / Balmoral, CASA Design, Mitchell Carter Horse Transportation, Joan & Tony Child (UK), Coker Farm, Elsie Connick, Susan Crush RN, The Country Saddler, Dandy Products, Sally Dunn, Tracy Emanuel Photography,  Kent Farrington LLC, Firefly Farm, Friends of Moira & George, GC Ponies & Robin Greenwood, Georgia Lynne's / Georgia Coyle, Noel Glavin, Geoffrey Carmer Goff, Karen Golding, Michele Grubb,  Hadfield's Saddlery, Kevin Hennessy & Nobody's Business Farm, Sally Ike,  Abby Kogler, Kocher Tack Shop, Helen Baldwin Lucas, Betsy Mackenzie, Kate Madigan & Karan Aurelius, Lynn & Terry McClanahan,  Dani McGrath, Mobile Laundry Service / Alan Cherney, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Personalized Products, Jennifer Schmidt Pigue, Purina, Denise Quirk PhD,  Kathy Russell, USET Foundation, McLain Ward Inc, Steven M Weiss, Wembley Farm / Norman & Jeanie Dello Joio, David White Trucking, Sarah Willeman & Phllip Richter, Yetta Nother Brownie.

2019 Grooms Award Events: Palm Beach, Devon, Lake Placid, Gold Cup, Del Mar, Harrisburg, KY