FEI Awards:
Best Athlete

25 September 2017


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.”


To vote for Pepo, click HERE


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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Ingrid has had an outstanding 2017 season following her successes in 2016

Ingrid Klimke (GER): Eventing


Cumulating in becoming the FEI European Eventing Champion, Ingrid Klimke has had an outstanding 2017 season coming off the back of her incredible successes in 2016 which saw her crowned the FEI World Eventing Young Horses Champion. This year saw her rake up a host of great results including winning the CICO3* in Aachen.


Ingrid has numerous eventing gold medals at Olympic, World and Continental level - competing at 5 consecutive Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Winning gold with the German Eventing team at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics & the 2012 London Games and taking silver with the team in Rio 2016.


Following her successes winning multiple gold medals in the team competition over numerous Championships, this is the first year Ingrid has taken home the elusive Individual gold medal.


She is highly respected on the Equestrian circuit, not only competing in Eventing, but also in Jumping and Dressage at an International Level.


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Peder won 9 international classes with his horses this year

Peder Fredricson (SWE): Jumping


Following his silver medal in Rio, Peder Fredricson set his sights firmly on the European Championships in his home nation of Sweden this summer. Unfortunately his plans were disrupted as his star horse H&M All In had to undergo surgery for a stomach problem late in 2016. After an astonishing recovery the pair were back on the circuit in late April. By late May H&M All In won his first post-surgery 160 competition. At the FEI Nations Cup in Rotterdam the pair produced a clear in the first round helping team Sweden to win the event, Peder then went on to win the Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam.


Peder won 9 international classes with his horses this year prior to the European Championships. At his home Championships in Gothenburg, with the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, Peder managed to produce two clear rounds to help Sweden take the team silver medal and under intense pressure held his nerve to become Individual FEI European Champion 2017 - much to the delight of the crowd.


Peder Fredricson’s achievements and personality have taken equestrian sports to a wider audience. In January 2017 he was voted Best sports person in Sweden over all sports by the Swedish people.


Click HERE to vote for Peder or your other best athlete of 2017