As Puddles mentioned in his blog last week, we're introducing two bonus programs. The first is quarterly. These awards are determined by straight racing statistics. In other words, no human intervention. If your horse is the best in a specific category, you'll win.
The second awards, which are semi-annual, will require a committee nomination program and then the community votes to determine the winner. Think of these as horse racing's Eclipse awards but for our virtual champion thoroughbreds. These categories will include Best 2-Year-Old Sprinter, Best 2-Year-Old Turf Horse, Best 2-Year-Old Distance Horse, Best Male Horse, Best Female Horse, and of course, the Best Overall Horse in the game. Also included will be Top Trainer/Breeder and Top Stable.
I am allowed to choose 10 designated awards. I'm looking for a 4-person committee who will assist me in deciding the exact categories as well as choosing the nominees. We plan to issue the first awards in July for racing that occurred through June 30.
If you would like to volunteer, simply reply to my blog right here. I'm looking for members who have been around awhile, have a true understanding of and passion for our game, as well as an understanding of what should be required to become nominated. This will be a fun and exciting project. We're giving out trophies and special prizes as well as community game points. I do not think this will require a lot of time. I am really looking forward to putting this whole program together. Again, if you want to participate, just reply to my blog right here and I will get in touch with you. Don't be shy - reply!