Double Olympic Dressage Gold Medalist Jessica von Bredow-Werndl Among Final Nominees for FEI Awards

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera.

Oct. 5, 2021

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, a double Olympic gold medalist competing in her first Games, is among equestrians nominated for the annual FEI Awards with voting open to the public as of Tuesday.

Jessica, 35, who led Germany to team gold and earned individual gold on TSF Dalera BB was among the 20 short listed candidates from 12 nations for the awards for Best Athlete, Rising Star, Best Groom, Against All Odds and Solidarity.

Nominees for the awards to be announced at the FEI Awards Gala Nov. 17 are:

Best Athlete: Peder Fredricson of Sweden, jumping; Julia Krajewski of Germany, eventing; Jessica von Bredow Werndl of Germany, dressage; Sir Lee Pearson of Great Britain, para dressage.

Rising Star (for youth athlete aged 14 to 21): Sam Dos Santos, 15, of the Netherlands, vaulting; Greta Busacker, 19, of Germany, eventing; Jimena Carrillo Watanabe, 14, of Mexico, jumping; Marten Luiten, 20, of the Netherlands, dressage.

Best Groom: Stephanie Simpson of USA, groom for eventing athlete Boyd Martin;  (USA) Jorge Luiz Gonzales of Argentina, groom for jumping athlete Matias Albarracin; Kathleen Van Winden of the Netherlands, groom for para dressage athlete Sanne Voets; Marie Johansson of Sweden, groom for dressage athlete Patrick Kittel.

Against All Odds: Beatrice de Lavalette of USA, para dressage; Laura Collett of Great Britain, eventing; Japan Equestrian Federation; Dr. Ruben Fausto Arismendi Garat of Uruguay, endurance veterinarian.

Solidarity: Hellenic Equestrian Federation of Greece; Sue Ockendon of Canada, founder of the Bromont Rising Program; Compton Cowboys of USA, community program in Compton, Los Angeles; Equulus Charity ‘Pursuit of Dreams’ of China.

The winners will be decided by combining 50% of the public’s vote and 50% of the judges’ vote between now and Oct. 17.

Votes can be cast at