Lausanne, Switzerland - The public vote for the FEI Awards 2018 is now open! For a second consecutive year, the public gets to vote and celebrate its equestrian heroes following publication of the shortlisted nominees today.
A record of outstanding achievements on the field of play, horsemanship, commitment, and behind-the-scenes dedication are just some of the qualities of the 20 nominees selected across the five categories.
The shortlisted nominees for the FEI Awards 2018 are:
Longines Rising Star – for the young stars aged 14 to 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent and commitment.
Felix Koller (AUT), Jumping
Esmee Donkers (NED), Dressage
Victor Levecque (FRA), Eventing
Bunty Howard (ZAM), Jumping
Best Athlete - paying tribute to some incredible performances during the year, notably at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 and the Asian Games, which took the sport to a new level.
Simone Blum (GER), Jumping
Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN), Eventing
Lambert Leclezio (FRA), Vaulting
Stinna Kaastrup (DEN), Para-Dressage
Best Groom - for the behind-the-scenes hero who ensures the horses he or she looks after are given the best possible care.
Lucy Miles (NZL), Eventing, groom for Jonelle and Tim Price
Alex Tyler-Morris (GBR), Jumping, groom for Harrie Smolders
Lee McKeever (USA), Jumping, groom for McLain Ward
Steffi Wiegard (GER), Dressage, head groom for Isabell Werth
Against All Odds - for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.
Sammie Fritz (USA), Dressage
Leila Malki (PLE), Jumping
Sara Morganti (ITA), Para-Dressage
Kate Shoemaker (USA), Para-Dressage
FEI Solidarity - for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual or organization that has demonstrated skill, dedication, and energy in expanding the sport.
Julie Battams and Equine Pathways (AUS)
The Horsemanship charity programme (CHN)
Riders of Hope (BIH)
Mercedes Campdera (MEX)
Make sure you have your say and vote here!
The online public vote will be open from 5 to 15 October and will count for 50%, with a panel of expert judges deciding the remaining 50%.
The winners will be announced at the FEI Awards 2018 Gala presented by Longines in Manama, Bahrain on 20 November. Presenters on the night of this prestigious ceremony will be five-time Paralympic gold medallist Natasha Baker (GBR) and young Dressage star Juan Matute Guimón (ESP). “I am beyond excited and honored to have been asked to host the awards with Juan!”, Natasha Baker said. “I can't wait to meet all of the deserving award winners and hear their stories and celebrate our fantastic sport.”
Vote for your equestrian heroes and stay tuned to learn everything about the FEI Awards 2018 on fei.org.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.