The 2016 FEI Awards Gala, presented by Longines, is over and once again the best, most inspirational figures in the equestrian world have had their chance to shine.
Set in the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo, Japan, the 8th Annual FEI Awards Gala, presented by Longines, got things off to a cracking start as the air exploded with the sounds of Taiko drummers. These traditional musicians electrified the atmosphere and promised an exciting evening ahead.
The events kicked off with the Longines Rising Star Award, for someone aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment. These are the athletes to watch in the future.
This year's winner is SÖNKE ROTHENBERGER
A huge congrats to the young German who has been climbing the ranks since he first sat on a horse.
Sönke Rothenberger has been storming through the amateur ranks and made it all the way to the world stage at the Rio Olympics this year.
Sönke has shown he is a true Rising Star!
FEI Solidarity Award
Focussing on development of the equestrianism, this award goes to an individual or organisation that has demonstrated skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport.
The winner of the 2016 Solidarity Award goes to:
PRINCE MOULAY ABDELLAH ALAOUI
President of the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian Sports.
The Moroccan Equestrian Federation is a leading light in promoting our sports to those that have the drive and determination to succeed. A very worthy winner.