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Now you have the chance to vote for your favourite…so to help you make your decision here are the 2017 Longines Rising Star award nominees:
Germany’s Hannah Erbe is already a big name on the international dressage circuit.
2015 saw Hannah win double gold at the FEI European Dressage Championships for juniors in Vidauban (FRA) a feat that she managed to recreate at the 2016 championships in Valencia (ESP).
This year marked another milestone - graduating high school - yet she managed to successfully balance her education with competitive sport.
In her first FEI European Young Rider Championships she took home a hat-trick of gold medals for Germany, winning the individual, team & freestyle competition.
Once again, a gold rush for Hannah, preserving her impeccable track record of winning gold. This is an incredible achievement over three consecutive championships despite moving up to the young rider category.
“This season was more a dream than reality to me. Everything worked well with my horse Carlos and we were able to show our best at every single competition - a real ‘dream team’”.
Continuing her dressage education, Hannah is currently doing an internship at Isabell Werth’s stable – the two seem to share a common interest in gold medals.
“It is a great honour to be nominated. I can’t believe that I am one out of only four people worldwide shortlisted for the Longines Rising Star award 2017. To win this award would be testament to the work Carlos and I have put in over our entire careers.”
To vote for Hannah, click HERE
Our final nominee, Pilar Saravia competes in the ultimate physical test - Endurance - which sees horse and rider tackle distances over 80-160 km.
But one 15 year old currently sits at the top of the senior FEI Open Endurance rankings. Our youngest nominee Pilar Saravia has achieved this incredible result. Improving on last year’s finish of 3rd in the open athlete endurance rankings, she constantly competes at the highest level with a high completion rate.
With both her parents endurance horse breeders it seemed a destined path for Pilar who has been involved with horses since she was a little girl & has been practising endurance since she was 12 years old.
Pilar always puts the welfare of the horse above her achievements.
In 2017 alone she has already competed in 21 CEIs in several countries & obtained a number of podium finishes balancing all this with her education. At local level, she was the 2016 National Endurance Champion.
To achieve this at such a young age leaves you wondering what we can expect in the future from Pilar.
To vote for Pilar, click HERE
17 year old Juan Martin Clavijo is a trailblazer for the sport of Equestrian Vaulting in Colombia. He took the vaulting world by storm in 2015 becoming the first ever Junior Male World Vaulting Champion at the inaugural event in Ermelo (NED).
This year with more experience and far more expectation on his shoulders, Juan returned to defend his title. After 4 astonishing rounds he convincingly won the competition becoming a 2 x World Champion. Not only a great personal success but once again a huge service in promoting Colombian Vaulting.
Coming from a country with few vaulting opportunities and less than 100 vaulters, he still manages to dominate those from the traditionally strong European countries.
Not only is he a dedicated athlete and great ambassador for the sport but also gives back to the vaulting community by training younger vaulters in Colombia.
To vote for Juan, click HERE
It’s clear to see that talent runs in the Allen family. Following in his brother Bertram Allen’s footsteps, Harry is making a name of his own on the international show jumping circuit.
Undeterred by the expectation that comes with the Allen name, Harry has a long list of his own successes including this year winning double gold at the FEI Pony European Show jumping Championships in Kaposvar (HUN).
As a pony rider, Harry has competed nationally with both 128, 138, and 148cm ponies. He has raked up a total of 29 international wins at 1m15 – 1m35 level.
His biggest win prior to the Europeans was the 138 National Championships at the Royal Dublin Horse Show.
At just 16 years of age he shows exceptional talent to compete in both pony and horse classes internationally.
“I am delighted, surprised and very thankful to be nominated for the Longines Rising Star award. To win would be absolutely amazing.”
“My dream in the future is to ride on an Irish team one day with my big brother Bertram.”
It is nonstop for Harry as he now prepares for International shows in Belgium & Chevenez in Switzerland.
The choice is yours…Click HERE to get voting for Harry or the others!
Text by Hannah Eccles
Images by Liz Gregg & Lukasz Kowalski (www.lukaszkowalski.com)