Eventing fans can now vote in the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Awards 2017.
For the first time since the inception of the awards in 2009, members of the public are able to vote. Twenty nominees have been shortlisted across five categories for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the sport, showcasing some of the most successful achievements and talent within the equestrian community.
New European Eventing Champion Ingrid Klimke is nominated in the Best Athlete category. 2017 was an outstanding year for Klimke, with her first individual European title in Strzegom in August coming on the back of her incredible successes in 2016 including Rio2016, FEI World Eventing Young Horses Champion and topping the CICO3* in Aachen amongst many of her successes.
Event groom Imogen Mercer has been nominated in the Best Groom category. In her role with Australian event rider Sam Griffiths, she ensures the care and welfare of the horse is always met. She is extremely diligent in reporting and liaising with the veterinary team. Having worked with the Griffiths’ team for five years, Sam credits a large part of his recent success to her as his groom. Going above and beyond Imogen passed her truck driving license, allowing Sam to arrive fresh and ready to compete.
Amongst the nominees for the Against All Odds category is Emma Booth. The Australian rider had competed in the sport of eventing. But In April 2013, aged 21 she was returning from an event when a truck smashed into her car and float leaving Emma paralysed. Spurred on by her love of horses, she looked up Para-Equestrianism whilst still in hospital. Six months after the accident she was back on a horse. Exactly three years after her accident, Emma qualified for the Rio Paralympic Games – where she finished fifth.
The Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity have both been nominated for the FEI Solidarity Award.
Voting closes on October 1 2017, and the public vote determines 50% of the total vote whilst the other 50% will be decided by an expert judging panel
The winners of each category will be announced at the FEI Awards 2017 gala presented by Longines in Montevideo (URU) on 21 November 2017.