“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna, Groom for Steffen Peters, Named FEI 2015 Best

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“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna, the groom for horses ridden by America's No. 1 rider Steffen Peters, was named the FEI Best Groom for 2015. Photo Courtesy Steffen Peters
“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna, the groom for horses ridden by America’s No. 1 rider Steffen Peters, was named the FEI Best Groom for 2015. Photo Courtesy Steffen Peters

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

“Eddie” Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna, the groom for horses ridden by America’s No. 1 rider Steffen Peters, on Friday night was named the International Equestrian Federation’s FEI Best Groom for 2015.

The award honoring what was described as “the all-important, behind-the-scenes team members who work around the clock to provide best possible care and attention to equine athletes was presented to Eddie by Hollywood actress Bo Derek, chair of the jury for this year’s awards. It was made at a banquet wrapping up the annual FEI General Assembly meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Eddie has been a groom for Steffen at his San Diego, California base for 10 years.

The rider described Eddie as also “the mentor and sounding board for other staff and grooms. He sets himself apart from his peers by being the person who brings the team together—by sharing his expertise in equine care, his good sense of humor or by demonstrating sportsmanship while doing the most lackluster tasks.”

Eddie is the father of two children. Stefanie and Leonardo. He was born in Mexico but is a permanent resident of the United States.