FEI ANNUAL AWARDS AT CEREMONY IN TAIPEI

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FEI Award winners Michelle Tipper, Caroline Roffman, Ros Spearing and Angelika Trabert. ©  William Tzeng
FEI Award winners Michelle Tipper, Caroline Roffman, Ros Spearing and Angelika Trabert. © William Tzeng

TAIPEI, Nov. 7–The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) announced the winners of the 2010 FEI Awards at a ceremony in Taipei, the second year of the program recognizing outstanding dedication to horse sport in five categories.

The winners of the 2010 FEI Awards are:

– Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas of the Netherlands – Reem Acra Best Athlete Award

Dressage rider Edward Gal and the extraordinary Moorlands Totilas received the honors for their dazzling achievements in equestrian sport. After breaking world records in 2009, and winning a historic three gold medals at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

– Caroline Roffman of the USA – HSBC Rising Star Award

American Dressage rider Caroline Roffman is one of the brightest hopes of the U.S. Dressage community. The 22-year-old, who trains with Olympian Lars Petersen, won the Five-Year-Old Championships at the .USEF National Dressage Championships this year on a horse she trained herself and was the youngest competitor at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions at Gladstone, New Jersey.

– Ebony Horse Club of Great Britain – Alltech Development Award

Since 1996, Ebony Horse Club founder Ros Spearing has helped to improve the self-confidence and life skills of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people living in Brixton, south London, by giving them the opportunity to ride horses and take part in outdoor activities and educational visits.

– Michelle Tipper of Great Britain – Best Groom Award

Freelance groom Michelle Tipper started her equestrian career as a dressage rider in her native England but soon discovered she preferred grooming to competing. She worked for three years as a traveling groom for British Dressage champion Nicky Barrett and has since worked freelance for international and national riders, including Paralympians.

– Angelika Trabert of Germany – Against All Odds

German Para-Dressage rider Angelika Trabert was born without legs and only three fingers on her right hand. She has represented Germany at four Paralympic Games, winning the silver medal in Hong Kong. She has won 15 medals at world, European and national equestrian championships and this year competed in the Para-Equestrian Dressage World Championships Grade II at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Despite losing her long-time partner in a tragic accident in 2005, Angelika continues to make the best of her life and help improve the lives of others by promoting the cause of sport for people with disabilities and teaching disabled children to ride. She has been elected Athletes’ Representative for the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC) four times and regularly speaks at conferences. Angelika works as an anaesthetist at the University hospital in Mainz.

The ceremony was attended by National Federation delegates, equestrian stakeholders and equestrian personalities. FEI President Princess Haya presented the awards.