Nominations Open for 2014 FEI Awards

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The 2013 FEI Award winners: (left to right) Carmen Thiemann of Germany-Best Groom; Colonel Nuñez of Uruguay, director of National Army Riding School “Grito de Asencio”--Development; Joann Formosa of Australln--Against All Odds; Reed Kessler of USA--Longines Rising Star; and Charlotte Dujardin of Grat Britain the  Reem Acra Best Athlete.  © FEI/Edouard Curchod
The 2013 FEI Award winners: (left to right) Carmen Thiemann of Germany-Best Groom; Colonel Nuñez of Uruguay, director of National Army Riding School “Grito de Asencio”–Development; Joann Formosa of Australln–Against All Odds; Reed Kessler of USA–Longines Rising Star; and Charlotte Dujardin of Grat Britain the Reem Acra Best Athlete. © FEI/Edouard Curchod

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 17, 2014–Nominations opened Monday for the 2014 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Awards FEI Awards that the world governing body of equestrian sport said was to reward excellence, commitment, dedication and courage.

Submissions can be made until midnight Sept. 9 at www.feiawards.org.

The awards are Longines Rising Star Award for equestrians aged 14 to 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent and commitment; Reem Acra Best Athlete to celebrate human or equine athlete who over the last 12 months have demonstrated exceptional skills in the arena; Against All Odds for people who have pursued their equestrian ambitions despite physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances; Best Groom for behind-the-scenes team members who work around the clock to ensure their horses get the best care and attention, and FEI Solidarity award for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project or individual or organization that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy expanding equestrian sport.

Winners will be flown to a red-carpet gala evening in Baku, Azerbaijan in December, where more than 350 guests will celebrate their achievements.

“The FEI Awards are all about celebrating the heroes and inspirational figures behind the scenes that make our sport the wonderful community that it is,” FEI President Princess Haya said.

“Given the special year that we have before us, I urge all national federations, athletes, fans of equestrianism and everyone working in the sport to take the time to nominate the individuals that have made an impression on them and deserve to be acknowledged far beyond the equestrian world.”