Nominations for the annual FEI Awards for 2013 are now open, with winners in five categories to be announced in November.
It is the fifth consecutive year the FEI Awards have been held, highlighting and rewarding excellence, commitment, dedication and courage within the equestrian community.
FEI President Princess Haya will chair the panel of three international judges that will decide the winners.
“I really hope that National Federations, athletes, fans of equestrianism and everyone working in the sport will make nominations for the FEI Awards 2013,” she said.
“Year after year, the nominations we receive confirm how much incredible talent, commitment and courage exists within our community and deserves to be acknowledged far beyond the equestrian world.”
Nominations can be made in 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 in any FEI discipline;
- Longines Rising Star, for a talented and dedicated athlete aged 14-21 in any FEI discipline;
- Development, for an equestrian development project, an individual or organisation that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport;
- Against All Odds, for a disabled rider or an individual who has overcome extreme personal difficulties to achieve proficiency in equestrian sport;
- Best Groom, for that important person who works behind the scenes with loyalty, dedication and total respect for the welfare of the horse.
Nominations for the FEI Awards 2013 close at midnight on July 31. The winners will be contacted in September and invited to attend the FEI Awards ceremony on November 7, in Montreux, Switzerland.
To make nominations for the FEI Awards 2013, visit www.feiawards.org.