The athlete who has seen unprecedented success in 2017 taking the sport to a whole new level…
This year the nominees include 4 athletes who have had the dream season dominating in their respective disciplines. They are the embodiment of hard work, determination & skill.
Pepo Puch (AUT): Para Dressage
Pepo Puch is not only the FEI European Para Dressage Champion 2017 Grade II but he is currently top of the Para Dressage World Rankings. The former event rider and Olympic athlete (Athens 2004) began Para Dressage following a riding accident in 2008 which left him with incomplete paraplegia. He has now participated and medalled at every Para Dressage Championship since 2011. This includes two Paralympic Games winning gold (kur) & bronze (individual) at London 2012 and gold (individual) & silver (kur) at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Following his accident in 2008 Pepo had to start a new life and learn how to ride and live again with his disability. He has been an inspiration to many individuals around the world.
His moto: “If it is conceivable, it is doable.”
Consistently at the top, with an expanding haul of Paralympic gold medals to his name, he is well respected on the circuit. An icon of resilience & a great ambassador for Para Dressage.
“I feel extremely honoured to be nominated for this award especially alongside these three outstanding athletes. It is definitely a highlight of my career.”
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Isabell Werth (GER): Dressage
This year Isabell regained her crown as Queen of the dressage world, winning 25 international Grand Prix Competitions (GP, GPS and GP Freestyle) which include her unprecedented successes at the FEI World Cup Final in Omaha and taking home an astonishing hat-trick of gold medals at the European Championships in Göteborg.
Isabell is the most successful dressage rider in the world with 40 Championship medals including 10 Olympic medals (6 gold & 4 silver), 9 World Championship medals (7 gold & 2 bronze) and 21 European medals (17 gold, 3 silver & 1 bronze) with a combined, breath-taking total of 30 gold medals to her name – a unique level of success.
Having been at the top of the world Dressage rankings since last November, Isabell astonishingly has three horses in the top ten.
At home she trains her horses from youngster to Grand Prix classes, consistently producing them to a championship level.
Isabell is the epitome of talent, determination and extremely hard work which all contribute to her unparalleled legacy.
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