Lee Mckeever & HH Azur at the 2016 CHIO Rotterdam. ph: Erin Gilmore for NF
On Wednesday, September 20, The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) opened the public voting for the shortlisted nominees of the 2017 FEI Awards.
For the first time since the creation of the awards in 2009, the public will have the opportunity to cast a vote and have an impact on determining who will win. The twenty nominees have been shortlisted across five categories (Best Athlete, Longines Rising Star, Best Groom, Against All Odds, FEI Solidarity) for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the sport, showcasing some of the most successful achievements and talent within the Equestrian community.
We received hundreds of nominations from around the globe over the twelve week nomination period. The caliber of entries for this year’s awards was exceptional, and it’s now time for the public to choose their favorite candidates during the September 20-October 1st registration period. The public will determine 50% of the total vote, while the remaining half will be decided by an expert judging panel.
The winner of each of the five categories will be announced at the FEI Awards gala presented by Longines in Montevideo, Uruguay on November 21. More than 350 distinguished guests, including top sporting legends, equestrian fans, FEI partners and stakeholders representing the 134 National Equestrian Federations will be in attendance. The awards will be broadcast live on FEI platforms, providing a valuable opportunity to celebrate the best of the best of Equestrian worldwide.
Follow the festivities on the FEI social media channels. More information on the nominees will also become available in the upcoming days on fei.org.
Who will walk away with one of these prestigious titles at this year’s ‘Equestrian Oscars’? Get voting for your favorites now!