Stephen L. Day, president and CEO of Dover Saddlery, has been honored with the 2015 John W. Galbreath Award for outstanding entrepreneurship in the equine industry. Day was presented with the award on September 24 at the University of Louisville.
The Galbreath Award, presented by the University of Louisville Equestrian Program, is named in honor of the late John W. Galbreath, who is known for his involvement with the Darby Dan Thoroughbred Farm and, most notably, as a longtime chairman of Churchill Downs.
"I am humbled and honored to have received this award and to have joined the ranks of such successful entrepreneurs as Tom Stuzzieri, D.Wayne Lukas. John Gaines and John Lyons to name but a few," said Day. “I inherited my love of both entrepreneurship and horses from my father, who authored one of the first case books on entrepreneurship and taught at a riding school while at college.”
Before the award ceremony, Day presented to a class of students in the Louisville Equine Industry Program. Day discussed the typical characteristics of an entrepreneur and described his career from horse crazy child to Harvard MBA student to president and CEO of State Line Tack and then Dover Saddlery. “I was impressed by the quality of the questions from the students and was delighted to have the opportunity to present my enthusiasm for entrepreneurship within the equine industry to the future leaders in our field,” commented Day. “I would like to express my thanks to Tim Capps, Director of the Equine Industry Program, for organizing this opportunity to speak to the students as well as for the very enjoyable award ceremony.”
Dover Saddlery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOVR) is the leading multichannel retailer of equestrian products in the United States. Founded in 1975 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, by United States Equestrian team members, Dover Saddlery has grown to become The Source for equestrian products. Dover offers a broad and distinctive selection of competitively priced, brand-name products for horse and rider through catalogs, the Internet and company-owned retail stores. Dover Saddlery, Inc. serves the English rider and through Smith Brothers, the Western rider. The Source, Dover Saddlery and Smith Brothers are registered marks of Dover Saddlery.