FEI Awards season returns – let’s get voting!

We are delighted to see our team gold and individual bronze medallist at the Eventing European Championship for Young Riders, Alice Casburn, amongst those nominated for this year’s FEI Awards.

Alice has been shortlisted for the Longines FEI Rising Star Award, following a truly fabulous 2022 season. Together with her homebred gelding Topspin, she began the year with a Top 20 finish on her Badminton Horse Trials debut, delivered team gold and individual bronze medals for Great Britain at the FEI Eventing European Championships for Young Riders on home soil at Hartpury and rounded off the season by finishing fifth at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Public voting for the FEI Awards 2022 is now open and you have until 16 October to cast your votes. You can vote for Alice here!

The nominations for all of this year’s FEI Awards are as impressive as ever, with those shortlisted including World Champions, highly accomplished up-and-coming young athletes, grooms, inspirational equestrians, judges and charities. Each have been selected for their outstanding achievements on the field of play, inspirational outlook and unparalleled dedication to equestrian sport.

Find the amazing stories of all the 20 nominees here.

Once again, this year the FEI received hugely diverse nominations from all over the globe, highlighting individuals and organisations going above and beyond in their dedication to equestrian sports and horse welfare. The ultimate accolades will go to the winners at the FEI Awards Gala presented by Longines on 13 November in Cape Town (RSA).

The full list of shortlisted nominees for the FEI Awards 2022 are:

Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete – paying tribute to the athlete who over the past year has demonstrated exceptional skill and taken the sport to a new level.

  • Charlotte Fry (GBR) – Dressage
  • Lambert Leclezio (FRA) – Vaulting
  • Sanne Voets (NED) – Para Dressage
  • Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) – Jumping

Longines FEI Rising Star – for the athlete aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment.

  • Alice Casburn (GBR) – Eventing
  • James Derwin (IRL) – Jumping
  • Sam Dos Santos (NED) – Vaulting
  • Karla Dyhm-Junge (DEN) – Para Dressage

Cavalor FEI Best Groom – for the behind-the-scenes hero who ensures the horses they look after are given the best possible care.

  • Kerryn Edmans (NZL) – Eventing groom for Tim & Jonelle Price
  • Emma Olsson (SWE) – Driving groom for Boyd Exell
  • Sue Schlegel (USA) – Jumping groom for Elizabeth Madden
  • Lars Seefeld (GER) – Dressage groom for Daniel Bachmann Andersen

FEI Against All Odds – for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.

  • Trevor Harrison (NZL) – Former jockey
  • Estiven Palacio Hernandez (COL) – Vaulting
  • Muthoni Kimani (KEN) – Jumping
  • Mia Rodier-Dawallo (USA) – Para Dressage

FEI Solidarity – for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual or organisation that has used skill, dedication and energy to expand the sport.

  • Zuzana Baciak Masarykova (SVK)
  • Horse Charity Barbados (BAR)
  • The Big Food Ride (SWZ)
  • The Dressage SA Solidarity Stars Project (RSA)

The winners will be decided by combining 50% of the public’s vote and 50% of the judges’ vote for the final result. The nine expert judges for this year’s FEI Awards are:

  • Ingmar De Vos (BEL), FEI President
  • Matthieu Baumgartner (SUI), Longines Vice President of Marketing
  • Peter Bollen (BEL), Founder and chief nutritionist of Cavalor
  • Martin Atock (IRL), Managing Director of Peden Bloodstock
  • Amanda Bond (GBR), Head of Equestrian Affairs at The Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Luiz Roberto Giugni (BRA), FEI Board Member and Chairman of Group VI
  • Michelle Wang Qiang (CHN), Founder and CEO of Equuleus Corp.
  • Professor Natalie Waran (NZL), BSc (Hons), PhD (Cantab) International equine behaviour and welfare scientist
  • Sharlene Venter (RSA), Secretary General of the South African Equestrian Federation


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