Photo: Winners at the FEI Awards Gala 2019 presented by Longines at the Kremlin in Moscow (RUS). Copyright: FEI/Liz Gregg.
Many impressive nominees are in the race for the FEI Awards 2021 as the online public voting opens today for the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete, Longines FEI Rising Star, Cavalor FEI Best Groom, FEI Against All Odds, and FEI Solidarity Awards.
The 20 shortlisted candidates from 12 nations include Olympic and Paralympic medallists, up-and-coming young athletes, Grooms, Organising Committees, Veterinarians, National Federations, and charities.
Peder Fredericson, who helped take Sweden to its first Team Jumping Olympic gold medal in almost 100 years in Tokyo, is one of four nominees for the FEI Best Athlete Award. The other nominees in this category are Eventing’s first female Olympic champion Julia Krajewski, who won individual gold for Germany in Tokyo, and compatriot Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who took double Olympic gold in Dressage. Sir Lee Pearson, Great Britain’s ‘Godfather of Para Dressage’ and the most successful Para Dressage athlete of all time with 17 Paralympic medals, completes the list of nominees in this category.
The FEI received a diverse number of nominations for equestrian athletes, individuals, and projects this year and the winners will be announced at a highly anticipated gala dinner in Antwerp (BEL) on 17 November. This will be the first in-person celebration of the winners since the FEI Awards Gala 2019 presented by Longines at the Kremlin in Moscow (RUS).
The Longines FEI Rising Star category includes Greta Busacker (GER), who is the daughter of 2020 winner of the decade and Eventing legend Ingrid Klimke. And for the first time ever, this year’s nominees include two National Federations in the FEI Against All Odds and the FEI Solidarity categories.
The Japanese National Federation has been nominated for the support they provided to the Organising Committee of Tokyo 2020 to deliver safe and successful equestrian events, against all the odds created by the ongoing pandemic. The Hellenic Equestrian Federation nomination for the FEI Solidarity Award is in recognition of their efforts to evacuate 300 horses from areas in Greece rampaged by wildfires in August 2021.
The shortlisted nominees have been selected for their outstanding achievements on the field of play, inspirational outlook, and unparalleled dedication to equestrian and para equestrian sport.
The amazing stories of all the nominees in the five categories can be found here.
The public now has until 17 October to cast their votes for their heroes. Make sure you have your say and vote here!
The shortlisted nominees for the FEI Awards 2021 are:
Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete – paying tribute to the athlete who over the past year has demonstrated exceptional skill and taken the sport to a new level.
- Peder Fredricson (SWE), Jumping
- Julia Krajewski (GER), Eventing
- Jessica von Bredow Werndl (GER), Dressage
- Sir Lee Pearson (GBR), Para Dressage
Longines FEI Rising Star – for the youth athlete aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment.
- Sam Dos Santos (NED), 15, Vaulting
- Greta Busacker (GER), 19, Eventing
- Jimena Carrillo Watanabe (MEX), 14, Jumping
- Marten Luiten (NED), 20, Dressage
Cavalor FEI Best Groom – for the behind-the-scenes hero who ensures the horses they look after are given the best possible care.
- Stephanie Simpson (USA), groom for Eventing athlete Boyd Martin (USA)
- Jorge Luiz Gonzales (ARG), groom for Jumping athlete Matias Albarracin (ARG)
- Kathleen Van Winden (NED), groom for Para Dressage athlete Sanne Voets (NED)
- Marie Johansson (SWE), groom for Dressage athlete Patrick Kittel (SWE)
FEI Against All Odds – for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.
- Beatrice de Lavalette (USA), Para Dressage
- Laura Collett (GBR), Eventing
- Japan Equestrian Federation
- Dr Ruben Fausto Arismendi Garat (URU), Endurance Veterinarian
FEI Solidarity – for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual, or organisation that has used skill, dedication, and energy to expand the sport.
- Hellenic Equestrian Federation (GRE)
- Sue Ockendon (CAN), founder of the Bromont Rising Program
- Compton Cowboys (USA), community programme in Compton, Los Angeles
- Equulus Charity ‘Pursuit of Dreams’ (CHN)
The winners will be decided by combining 50% of the public’s vote and 50% of the judges’ vote for the final result. The nine expert judges for this year’s FEI Awards are:
- Ingmar De Vos (BEL), FEI President
- Matthieu Baumgartner (SUI), Longines Vice President of Marketing
- Peter Bollen (BEL), Founder and chief nutritionist of Cavalor
- Martin Atock (IRL), Managing Director of Peden Bloodstock
- Kyra Kyrklund (FIN), six-time Dressage Olympian for Finland, six-time FEI Dressage World Cup™ finalist and winner of the 1991 FEI World Cup™ Final
- Andrew Hoy (AUS), eight time Olympian and team silver and individual bronze medal winner for Eventing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
- Lucy Katan (GBR), founder of British Grooms Association (BGA) and the International Grooms Association (IGA) with the support of the FEI
- Hannia Chinchilla de Wolf (CRC), President of the Federación Ecuestre de Costa Rica and FEI Solidarity Committee member
- Wendy Laeremans (BEL), Belgium National Federation Sport Director & Chef de Mission
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