John Kidd of Ballyash Stud in Banbridge was honoured with a special award by the Northern Region of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association on Thursday evening. At the Association’s annual awards dinner in the Beechlawn House Hotel, Dunmurry, Belfast, Kidd was presented with the Denis Stothers Award for services to the thoroughbred and racing industry. Kidd, who turns 65 next month, is a stalwart of the northern industry and was a board member on the Irish Horseracing Authority.