Longines Reveals Inaugural Awards for Best Horse & Rider
The Federation Equestre Interationale (FEI) and its top partner Longines are delighted to announce the creation of two new awards that will recognize outstanding achievement and performance in show jumping.
The Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse title will be awarded to the horse with the 10 best results — determined by points accumulated in a calendar year — on the Longines Rankings. The title of Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider will be given to the leading rider in the Longines Rankings at the end of the calendar year. The winners of the awards will be presented with a Longines watch and trophy during the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final, held in Paris in April 2018.
“We’re very pleased to announce these two new awards, which will serve as an additional recognition of outstanding performance and achievement at the highest level of the sport,” said FEI President Ingmar de Vos. “These awards will add an exciting new dimension to the Longines Rankings leader title, and build engagement with our audiences as they follow the top athletes and horses throughout the year.”
Points for the Longines Rankings are accumulated in Grands Prix*, the Longines FEI World Cup™ and Nations Cup™ Jumping, as well as the World and European Senior Championships. Double points are awarded at finals and championships. Visit this link for more information on the rankings point system.
“[In partnership] with the FEI, we decided to create the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider and Horse awards in order to increase the global visibility of show jumping,” said Juan Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing. “We hope that these awards will inspire more people to follow the results of the leading athletes and horses in the Longines Rankings throughout the year, get to know the many different competitions and understand how they are linked. By bringing together the heroes of show jumping on a global level, we are convinced that jumping and equestrian sports in general will further extend their international outreach.”