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Clare Balding to present FEI Awards in Copenhagen

BBC sports presenter Clare Balding is to present the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Awards in Copenhagen tomorrow (Thursday 19 November).

Former amateur jockey Clare heads live horseracing coverage for the BBC and also presented at the Olympics, FEI European Jumping Dressage Championships at Windsor and HSBC European Eventing Championships from Fontainbleu.

More than 1,200 competitors, organisers and grooms from around the world have been nominated for awards which include:

Athlete of the year — for a rider, driver or vaulter who has shown exceptional sportsmanship and ability

HSBC rising star — for a rider aged 14-21 who has not only demonstrated significant talent but also a love of the sport and great commitment

Alltech development award — for a development project, individual or organisation which has shown exceptional skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport

Against all odds — for a disabled rider of any age who has demonstrated that disability is no hindrance to sporting proficiency

Groom of the year — for the often uncelebrated yet vitally important person who works behind the scenes

The awards have been judged by a panel chaired by FEI president Princess Haya and includes top event rider and Olympic medallist Mark Todd, Dominican Republic dressage rider and judge Diana Ramos, Italian show jumping organiser Eleonora Ottaviani and German vaulting champion Kai Vorberg.

Check www.horseandhound.co.uk for the results on Friday

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