The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), world governing body of equestrian sport, has launched the FEI Awards 2016. For the next eight weeks nominations are being taken for these prestigious awards, where the winners will be announced at the FEI Awards Gala Ceremony presented by Longines in Tokyo (JPN) on 22 November 2016.
In order to recognise and celebrate the exceptional individuals and organisations that make the equestrian community so unique, the FEI calls upon the public every year to nominate their heroes.
There are five FEI Awards categories:
o The Longines Rising Star Award for those aged between 14 to 21 years- old who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent and commitment. This category was won by show-jumper Jessica Mendoza (GBR) in 2015.
o The Best Athlete Award celebrates an athlete who over the last 12 months has demonstrated exceptional skills in the arena having taken equestrian sport to a new level. Previously top dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) has been presented this award.
o The Against All Odds Award acknowledges people who’ve pursued their equestrian ambitions despite physical issues or extremely difficult personal circumstances. The winner in 2015 was endurance athlete Oriana Ricca Marmissolle (URU) who following diagnosis and treatment for Phase III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma got back in the saddle days after chemotherapy.
o The Best Groom Award is given to someone who’s dedicated their time 24/7 to ensure their horses get the best possible care and attention. Last year Mexico’s Eddie Garcia Luna won this for his commitment to Olympic rider Steffen Peter’s horses.
o The FEI Solidarity Award which in 2015 went to a tailor-made project in Haiti called “Les Chevaux qui pansent les plaies” (Horses that heal wounds) providing therapeutic riding for over 250 children affected by the 2010 earthquake and in particular amputees.
Nominations for the FEI Awards 2016 will close at midnight on 18 September 2016. To nominate your hero visit www.feiawards.org