Search is on for equestrian heroes

  • The FEI has launched its search to find exceptional equestrians from across the world.

    The FEI awards 2015 will celebrate excellence, courage, commitment and dedication. There are five categories and nominations opened on Friday, 3 July.

    These are the Longines rising star award, the Reem Acra best athlete, the against all odds award, best groom award and FEI solidarity award.

    Nominations for the awards will close at midnight on 28 August 2015.

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    Winners will be flown to the awards gala, presented by Longines, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which takes place on 13 November at the FEI general assembly.

    FEI president Ingmar De Vos said: “Our sport is unique and extraordinary.

    “Our athletes and everyone working in the equestrian community have amazing track records of success, incredible personalities and fascinating back stories.

    “Time and time again as spectators and on television we see sensational victories, but there is so much more to our sport than meets the eye.”

    He added that these awards honour “everyone who makes our sport happen”, highlighting the true value of horse sport and its contribution to our global society.

    Former FEI president Princess Haya started the awards in 2009.

    Last year, Great Britain’s Jackie Potts took home the best groom award, which is dedicated to behind the scenes team members who work 24/7 to ensure their horses get the best possible care and attention.

    Jackie (pictured above with the other 2014 winners, credit FEI/Liz Gregg) has spent more than 20 years as groom to London 2012 Olympic silver medallist William Fox-Pitt.

    Other 2014 winners included vaulter Lambert Leclezio, who at the age of 17 was the first athlete to represent Mauritius at a world championship and American para dressage rider Sydney Collier and her service dog Journey.

    Visit www.feiawards.org/nomination to nominate a candidate for this year’s awards.

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