1 June 2011 – Multiple award-winning actor and producer and United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas has lent his support to the FEI Awards 2011 by highlighting their significance and calling on the worldwide equestrian community to make nominations.
Commenting on the FEI awards, which reward the horses, men, women and youngsters who have contributed to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport, Douglas said:
“The FEI Awards provide a platform for the global community to applaud riders and organisations for their outstanding achievements. I am delighted to offer my support and urge you to submit your nominations for the 2011 FEI Awards. At the end of the year, in Rio de Janeiro, we will pay tribute to equestrians who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and in doing so, celebrate the very best of equestrian sport.”
Over his hugely successful career, Douglas has walked the red carpet numerous times to receive prestigious awards. These include two Oscars (Best Picture for his production of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1979) – a film that scooped Oscars in five categories – and Best Actor for his role in Wall Street (1987).
Lausanne (SUI) 25 May 2011 – A week after nominations opened for the FEI Awards 2011, Michelle Tipper, the British winner in last year’s Best Groom category, has called on athletes and horse-owners to make their nominations.
“I highly recommend that employers nominate their staff,” said Tipper. “It is such a boost to your motivation to have this recognition and it’s great for the employer, as good grooms work so much better for employers who care.”
The freelance groom, who works regularly with British Dressage riders Paul and Bobby Hayler and Nicky and Richard Barrett, said it was an “honour and a privilege” to win the 2010 Best Groom Award. “It is fantastic that the hard work that grooms do behind the scenes is being recognised internationally,” Tipper said.
Nominations for all five categories of the FEI Awards (Best Groom, Reem Acra Best Athlete, HSBC Rising Star, Against All Odds, and Development) can be made via the dedicated website www.feiawards.org.
The winners will fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to attend the FEI Awards Ceremony at a VIP gala dinner, which will take place during the FEI General Assembly in November.
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 www.feiawards.org.
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.
25 August 2010 – 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.”
10 August 2010 – China’s first Olympic Eventing rider Alex Hua Tian is urging the equestrian community to make its nominations for the five-category 2010 FEI Awards.
Hua Tian, whom the Chinese media dubbed the “one in 1.3 billion” in the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, won the FEI’s HSBC Rising Star Award last year. The award rewards a rider aged between 14 and 21 who demonstrates significant talent and outstanding commitment. The judging panel, chaired by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, selected Hua Tian for his riding skills and the unwavering dedication that enabled him to cope with intense press scrutiny and pressure before and during the 2008 Olympic Games.
“I was deeply moved to have been nominated by my instructors, Nicola Ward, a New Zealander who, with her Irish Husband, John, taught me in Hong Kong when I was eight years old and by Tamara Weal, who taught me in England when I was 11,” said Hua Tian. “I am sure that in every Pony Club, Riding Club or community there must be many outstanding young riders, who would be hugely inspired to have their passion and dedication encouraged by being nominated for the FEI Awards. I know I was.”
27 July 2010 – American actor and director Robert Duvall has given his support to the annual awards organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of horse sport. The FEI launched the “Oscars of the equestrian world” last year to reward outstanding dedication to horse sport in five categories. Calls for nominations for the 2010 awards opened on July 16.
Hollywood legend Duvall is best known for his roles in The Apostle, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and Tender Mercies. His performances have earned him an Academy Award, a BAFTA, two Emmys and four Golden Globe Awards.
Commenting on the 2010 FEI Awards, Duvall said:
“The FEI Awards give you the opportunity to nominate and celebrate those individuals who, without asking for recognition, should be thanked and acknowledged for their own contribution to equestrian sport around the world. As someone with a passion for horses, I urge you to nominate anyone you feel is worthy of the awards and help them to walk the red carpet at the 2010 FEI Awards in Taiwan.”