Distinguished British actor and enthusiastic horseman Jeremy Irons is supporting the 2010 awards organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of horse sport. He is calling on the equestrian community to nominate deserving individuals before the 30 August deadline.
Irons, whose acting career spans theatre, TV and cinema, is well known for his roles in films such as The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Dead Ringers (1988), Reversal of Fortune (1990), Damage (1993), Lolita (1997), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Appaloosa (2008). His talent has earned him many prestigious Best Actor awards.
Commenting on the FEI Awards, Irons said: “As a keen rider, I can think of nothing better than to celebrate those individuals who dedicate so much of their time, energy and love to the sport. The FEI Awards are a unique chance for you to nominate and celebrate those individuals whose devotion deserves recognition.”
The awards, which were launched last year, acknowledge outstanding achievement in the following five categories:
- Athlete of the Year, for the rider, driver or vaulter who has shown exceptional sportsmanship and prowess;
- Rising Star, supported by HSBC, for a rider between the ages of 14 and 21 who has demonstrated significant talent and commitment;
- Development, supported by Alltech, for a development project, individual or organisation demonstrating skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport;
- Against All Odds, to celebrate a disabled rider or an individual who has overcome extreme personal difficulties to achieve proficiency in equestrian sport;
- Groom of the Year, for the often uncelebrated, yet important person who works behind the scenes.
For more information and to make nominations, please visit www.feiawards.org
Photo Caption: Jeremy Irons