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 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, presented by Longines, Official Partner and Official Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
The award was given by Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines' 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, on 5 June, in New York.
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, Claiborne Farm has grown into an international business focusing on breeding and raising world-class Thoroughbred racehorses.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 from 2011 until his death in late 2014. 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. In March 2014, he oversaw an agreement between Longines and OSAF whereby Longines became an official partner of the federation and the Swiss timekeeper would become the main sponsor of the highly rated Group 1, the Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano.