Do you know an equestrian hero? What riders do you most admire?
Nominations are now open for the FEI’s annual awards, set up to reward excellence, commitment, dedication and courage in the equestrian community.
Last year’s winners were:
- Reed Kessler from the US, the youngest equestrian athlete to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Longines rising star award for 14-21 year-olds).
- Double Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin, (Reem Acra best athlete award).
- Joann Formosa, the Australian gold medal winning London 2012 paralympic athlete (against all odds award).
- Carmen Thiemann, the German who manages Olympic eventing team gold medallist Ingrid Klimke’s yard (best groom award).
This year there is a fifth category, the FEI Solidarity award, presented to an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, individual or organisation that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy to an expanding equestrian sport.
“Given the special year we have before us, I urge all National Federations, athletes, fans of equestrianism and everyone working in the sport to take the time to nominate the individuals that deserve to be acknowledged far beyond the equestrian world, ” said FEI president Princess Haya.
The winners of the 2014 awards will be flown to a red-carpet gala evening in Baku, Azerbaijan in December.