The Fédération Equestre Internationale opened the nominations for the 2012 FEI Awards on May 11 and invited the international equestrian community to contribute to this annual celebration of outstanding talent.
For the fourth consecutive year, the search is on for five individuals who have demonstrated remarkable ability and commitment in the following 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
HSBC Rising Star: for a rider aged 14-21 with significant talent and commitment
Development: for a development project, individual or organization demonstrating 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
“The FEI Awards give the global equestrian community the opportunity to acknowledge those individuals who embody the values and characteristics of our sport today and reflect its expansion and diversity. I urge you to visit www.feiawards.org and nominate the individuals you think are worthy of an FEI Award,” said FEI President HRH Princess Haya.
The FEI will inform the winners in September and invite them to the awards ceremony, which will take place in Istanbul on Nov. 8.
Nominations can be made via the dedicated website www.feiawards.org.