FEI Awards Short List

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Juan Matute, Jr. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Juan Matute, Jr. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 6, 2015–Dressage rising stars Juan Matute, Jr. of Spain and Phoebe Peters of Great Britain, world No. 1 Charlotte Dujardin and grooms Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna of the United States who cares for the horses of Steffen Peters and Valegro groom Alan Davies were on the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Awards short list announced Friday.

The winners from the short list of 29 candidates for the 2015 FEI Awards 2015 will be announced at a gala dinner during the FEI General Assembly in Puerto Rico next week.

Hollywood actress Bo Derek, chair of the jury for this year’s awards, will present the awards.

Nominees on the short list are:

Longines Rising Star – for equestrians aged 14 to 21 years demonstrating outstanding sporting talent:

–Juan Matute. Jr. the Wellington, Florida-based rider for Spain who turns 18 years of age a day after the award and competes on horses from Junior to Grand Prix. The 2015 European Junior Championship Freestyle gold medalist is the son of the Spanish multi Olympian of the same name.

–Phoebe Peters, 16, the British pony rider phenom.

–Jessica Mendoza of Great Britain, jumper rider.

–Gina Schumacher, the reining rider daughter of German Formula 1 driver Michael Jung who is still recovering from serious injuries in a skiing accident two years ago.

–American Endurance Young Rider Kelsey Russell of Williston, Florida.

–Bertram Allen, the Irish jumping star.

Reem Acra Best Athlete – Riders demonstrating exceptional equestrian skills and have taken the sport to a new level over the last 12 months

–Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, No. 1 in the world with Valegro who won her second straight World Cup title this year as well as European Championship individual gold.

–William Fox Pitt of Great Britain, one of the most successful event riders who is in the hospital two weeks after sustaining serious injuries in a fall during competition in France.

–Boyd Exell, the Europe=based Australian four-in-hand driving champion.

–Ingrid Klimke of Germany, best known as an Olympic and championship eventing rider but active competing in high performance dressage.

–Jaques Ferrari of France, a champion vaulter.

–Jeroen Dubbeldam of the Netherlands at this year’s European Championships became the first rider to win double gold.

Best Groom – Reserved for the all-important, behind-the-scenes team members who work around the clock to provide best possible care and attention to equine athletes

–“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna, the groom for the horses ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California.

–Alan Davies, the groom of Valegro and other horses for Carl Hester.

–Jennifer Arnsten, United States vaulting groom.

–Marlen Schannwell of Ireland.

–Zoltan Herczeg of Germany.

–Imogen Mercer of Great Britain.

Against All Odds – For those pursuing their equestrian ambitions despite physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances

–Gerado Tazzer of Mexico.

–Oriana Ricci Mannisille or Uruguay.

–Pepo Puch of Austria.

–Ben Hobday of Great Britain.

–Celine van Till of Switzerland.

–Rixt van der Horst of the Netherlands.

FEI Solidarity – Equestrian development project, an individual or organization that has demonstrated skill and energy in expanding equestrian sport

–Ready, Set, Trot of Australia.

–First ever pilot course for grooms in Haiti.

–Chevaux qui pensent les plaies of Haiti.

–Youth Summer Camp in Bulgaria