The FEI Best Groom award celebrates the unsung heroes of Equestrian sports who work tirelessly behind the scenes to allow our equine friends to fully realise their potential and perform to their best on the international stage.
With voting now open, here are your 2017 nominees…
Groom for Sam Griffiths (AUS) // EVENTING
Having worked with the Griffiths’ team for five years, Imogen ensures the care and welfare of the horse is always met. She is extremely diligent always exceeding the high standards Sam Griffiths has for his support group.
“I started working for Sam Griffiths in 2011 – keen to be a part of a team with a rider who was in contention for Olympic selection. I have been fortunate enough to go on and do 5 Badminton’s, 5 Burghley’s, a World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Olympics.”
Sam credits a large part of his recent success to Imogen as his groom. Her assistance at the Rio Olympics with Paulank Brockagh helped Sam to finish 4th individually and win the bronze medal with the Australian team.
“No day is ever the same on an Eventing yard. Training three separate disciplines involves a lot for the horses, rider, groom and not forgetting the washing machine.”
Going above and beyond, Imogen passed her truck driving test, allowing Sam to arrive fresh and ready to compete. She even deferred her university degree to become head girl for Sam.
To vote for Imogen, click HERE
Alan Davies (GBR)
Groom for Charlotte Dujardin & Carl Hester // DRESSAGE
Highly respected by fellow grooms and consistently nominated for this award, Alan, has the heightened pressure of grooming for world famous horses including Valegro and Nip Tuck - caring for Valegro throughout his unprecedented dressage career. Alan ensures their upkeep is exemplary, always having their welfare at the forefront of everything he does and being incredibly humble in his work.
His dedication to and rapport with the horses in his care is clear for all to see, working with them on a daily basis to make sure they are fit, well and content. Whether at home or at local, national or international events, Alan is always there by their side even joining them on the plane to the Rio Olympics.
His standard of care and execution are major contributing factors to the successes and extensive list of accolades achieved by world renowned riders Charlotte Dujardin & Carl Hester.
“To win the FEI award would mean so much to me on a personal level as I have been a groom all my life and I am immensely proud of what I have achieved. This award is great for recognising the importance of grooms in our industry.”
To vote for Alan, click HERE