Riders, Grooms, Drivers & Others Honored at FEI Awards

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“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna with Pan American Games double gold medal winner Steffen Peters. Photo: Courtesy Steffen Peters
“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna with Pan American Games double gold medal winner Steffen Peters. Photo: Courtesy Steffen Peters

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 13, 2015–American dressage groom, a rising star British jumper rider and Australian driving champion honored with 2015 International Equestrian Federation–FEI–awards Friday night.

The annual awards presented by Bo Derek, Hollywood star of the iconic movie “10” came as the finale of the FEI General Assembly, the annual meeting of 132 members nations that govern international horse sports.

The awards:

Rising Star–Jessica Mendoza of Great Britain, jumper rider
Best Athlete-–Boyd Exell, the Europe=based Australian four-in-hand driving champion
Best Groom–“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna, the groom for the horses ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California (see separate story)
Against All Odds–Oriana Ricci Mannisille of Uruguay
FEI Solidarity–Les Chevaux qui pensent les plaies of Haiti

FEI 2015 Awards winners. © 2015 FEI/Richard Juilliart
FEI 2015 Awards winners. © 2015 FEI/Richard Juilliart