Nominations Now Open for FEI Awards 2011

Last year when DressageDaily got this announcement we contacted Johnny Robb of JRPR who began the process of nominating American "Rising Star" Caroline Roffman. And, the rest is history. Roffman won traveling to Hong Kong to accept the award from FEI president Princess Haya.

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of equestrian sport, is pleased to announce that nominations for the FEI Awards 2011 are now open. Members of the worldwide equestrian community are invited to make their nominations via the dedicated website The awards, which were launched in 2009, aim to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the following five categories:

  • Reem Acra Best Athlete, for the athlete (equine or human) or combination that, over the past year, has demonstrated exceptional skill in the arena and taken the sport to a new level.
  • HSBC Rising Star, for a rider aged 14-21 who has demonstrated significant talent and commitment.
  • Development, 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.
  • Best Groom, for the often uncelebrated, yet important person who works behind the scenes.

Commenting on the awards, FEI President HRH Princess Haya said:
“The equestrian community is full of extraordinary people whose achievements in and out of the arena are the result of their outstanding ability to focus on their goals. The winners in the five categories of the FEI Awards share a deep love for the horse and the belief that equestrianism at any level is well worth the time and energy that they devote to it, as an athlete, a groom or as the initiator of a project that enhances the lives of others. Your nominations for the FEI Awards 2011 will help us to express our gratitude to and admiration of those people who deserve it.”

A jury presided by Princess Haya will select the winners, who will be flown to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to attend the awards ceremony at a VIP gala dinner, which will take place during the FEI General Assembly in November.

The closing date for nominations is 31 July.

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