ONLY ONE DAY TO GO UNTIL FEI AWARDS
Copenhagen (DEN), 18 November 2009
It's just a single day to go until the new FEI Award winners are announced - and the equestrian world is holding its breath.
There were 1,200 nominations for the five awards - which have been designed to reward the fair play, team spirit, inspiration and prowess that equine competition espouses, as well as celebrating the outstanding achievements of our often-underrated athletes - from all over the globe and across all the FEI disciplines.
Who will the illustrious judging panel pick from the wide choice that demonstrates the international range and scope of the FEI?
Headed by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, who herself show jumped at Olympic level, the judges will have to use all their extensive knowledge and experience of equestrianism. The group also includes eventing and show jumping Olympian and multiple medallist Mark Todd, Dominican Republic dressage rider and judge Diana Ramos, Italian show jumping organiser Eleonora Ottaviani and German vaulting champion Kai Vorberg, along with representatives from key FEI sponsors Alltech and HSBC.
The ceremony, which will be hosted by the BBC's Clare Balding, takes tomorrow during the FEI General Assembly at a Gala Dinner - a real ‘Oscar' evening.
The awards categories are as follows:
Against All Odds
Alltech Development Award
HSBC Rising Star
Watch this space to discover the winners.