Longines Rising Star Award - HARRY ALLEN
This first award of the evening recognises a young athlete under the age of 21 who has shown exceptional promise and success in their short time in the sports.
Previous winners have included Jessica Mendoza and Reed Kessler, with last year’s top prize going to Swedish superstar, Sönke Rothenberger. So the competition is fierce!
Yes, the younger brother of the legendary Bertam Allen, at just 16 years of age he has been climbing through the ranks, clinching Double Gold at the European Pony Championships in Hungary this summer.
With the driving force of the Allen pedigree behind him, it’s no real surprise that he has a talent with horses. With an overwhelming majority vote from both the public and judging panel, he tells us:
“It feels great to with this award - I couldn’t believe it when I saw the figures of people who voted for me!”
We can expect big things from this young man in the future…
FEI Against All Odds Award - EMMA BOOTH
This award always touches the heart. It’s one which recognises the strength, determination and drive to overcome some of the most difficult challenges life can throw at you.
Rodolpho Riskalla took home the award last year in an emotional presentation that got him a standing ovation.
This year was no exception and Emma’s story of recovery after a horrific traffic accident left her paralysed from the waist down at just 22 years of age touched the public and judges alike.
She was awarded her prize by a surprise guest - the new president of the International Paralymic Committee, Andrew Parsons, as well as the Secretary General of the FEI, Sabrina Ibáñez.
FEI Solidarity Award - “RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES” pilot project in India
The project’s objectives are to develop equestrian sports in India and increase participation by providing a larger pool of suitable horses and provide the necessary tools to retrain racehorses for equestrian sport.
There’s a huge scope with the project to other national federations as there are millions of horses around the world who have retired from racing these horses are often very young with a long potential life after racing ahead of them.