Eventers line-up for FEI Awards 2015

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The recently announced shortlist for the FEI Awards 2015 contains the names of three British-based names from the world of eventing.

A total of 29 candidates have been shortlisted for the awards with the winners to be announced at a glittering gala dinner in Puerto Rico on 13 November. The winners in five hotly contested categories will be presented with their awards by Hollywood actress Bo Derek, Chair of the Jury for this year’s FEI Awards.

The awards are aimed at honouring the commitment, dedication and development of equestrian sport in 2015. Sponsored by Longines, more than 350 guests, including National Federation representatives, equestrian sport fans and FEI partners will celebrate the achievements of the winners.

William Fox Pitt, who is currently recovering from a fall at Le Lion last month, is shortlisted in the REEM Arca Best Athlete category, which recognises athletes who have demonstrated exceptional equestrian skills and have taken the sport to a new level over the last 12 months. In this category he competes against Ingrid Klimke, winner of the FEI Classics.

Imogen Mercer is shortlisted in the Best Groom category. Imogen is head groom for Australian event rider Sam Griffiths, who took to Twitter to share his delight, saying “Well we have always known that Imogen Mercer was one of the best in the world and we have been itching to tell everyone. Congratulations on your fantastic nomination.” The Best Groom award is reserved for those all-important, behind-the-scenes team members who work around the clock to ensure that our equine athletes get the best possible care and attention.

The final eventer in the frame for an award is Ben Hobday, who is shortlisted in the Against All Odds category, an award those who have pursued their equestrian ambitions despite physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances. Ben, who competed Badminton earlier this year with Mulrys Error, was diagnosed with cancer in June and underwent treatment at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Ben is now planning his return to competitive riding and is scheduled to appear with Paul Tapner at Your Horse Live this weekend.

Nominees shortlisted for the five categories of the FEI Awards 2015 are

Longines Rising Star – Dedicated to equestrians aged 14 to 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent

Juan Matute Jr (ESP)

Bertram Allen (IRE)

Kelsey Russell (USA)

Phoebe Peters (GBR)

Jessica Mendoza (GBR)

Gina Schumacher (GER)

Reem Acra Best Athlete 

Boyd Exell (AUS)

Jaques Ferrari (FRA)

William Fox Pitt (GBR)

Ingrid Klimke (GER)

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)

Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED)

Best Groom 

Alan Davies (GBR)

Jennifer Arnsten (USA)

Marlen Schannwell (IRE)

Zoltan Herczeg (GER)

Imogen Mercer (GBR)

Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna (“Eddie”) (USA)

Against All Odds – For those who have pursued their equestrian ambitions despite physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances:

Gerado Tazzer (MEX)

Oriana Ricci Mannisille (URU)

Pepo Puch (AUT)

Ben Hobday (GBR)

Celine van Till (SUI)

Rixt van der Horst (NED)

FEI Solidarity – An equestrian development project, an individual or organisation that has demonstrated skill and energy in expanding equestrian sport:

Ready, Set, Trot (AUS)

First ever pilot course for Grooms (HAI)

Les Chevaux qui pensent les plaies (HAI)

Youth Summer Camp (BUL)

Reported by Sarah Carless


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