The shortlist for the FEI Awards 2016, the Oscars of the equestrian world, will be unveiled on Facebook and Twitter by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, this week.
The FEI Awards, launched in 2009, put the spotlight on the men, women, young people and organisations that are making outstanding contributions to the development of equestrian sport. As we celebrate the elite performers and honour the excellence, commitment, dedication and courage of our athletes and their connections, stay tuned on the FEI social channels daily to check out the outstanding list of contenders.
Nominated hopefuls for the Longines™ Rising Star award, for a person aged between 14 and 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment, can already be seen here.
Follow closely as the remaining four FEI Awards 2016 categories are announced over rest of the week:
Best Groom – for that vital behind-the-scenes person who and ensures the horses they look after are given the best possible care.
FEI Solidarity – for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual or organisation that has shown skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport.
Against All Odds – for a person who has pursued his or her equestrian ambitions despite a physical impairment or extremely difficult personal circumstances.
Best Athlete – for the athlete that, over the past year, has demonstrated exceptional skill on the field of play and taken the sport to a new level.
The FEI Awards Gala 2016, presented by Longines, will be held at the Prince Park Tower Hotel in Tokyo (JPN). Joint-MCs for the evening’s celebrations will be Liz Price (GBR) and the Athens 2004 Olympic hammer champion Koji Murofushi (JPN), who is now Sports Director for Tokyo 2020. Over 350 guests representing National Federations, equestrian sport fans and the FEI’s partners from around the world will join in the party atmosphere as they celebrate the achievements of the 2016 FEI Awards winners.