FEI Awards 2018
is Coming Soon!

16 November 2018

It’s now just a few days until another fantastic year of equestrian sports will be celebrated at the annual FEI Awards 2018 Gala.

More than 250 distinguished guests, including top sporting legends, will be in attendance at a glitzy ceremony in Bahrain on Tuesday, November 20. The event will be hosted by British Para Dressage star Natasha Baker and young Spanish Dressage ace Juan Matute Guimon.


Almost 100,000 public votes were cast last month for the nominees in five categories – Fosun Best Athlete, Longines Rising Star, Best Groom, Against All Odds and FEI Solidarity. There's more about the nominees here.

Chinese firm Fosun
is sponsor of the
Best Athlete Award

Host Juan said he “can’t wait” for the ceremony in Bahrain.

“I believe that the annual FEI Awards are essential for our sport,” he said. “They’re an incentive for everyone in the community to reach higher grounds and battle it out for a worldwide recognition for their performance, effort, and consistency throughout the year. It’s brilliant motivation.


“I’m really looking forward to presenting the gala. I’ll be dressing like James Bond, visiting a new country, speaking in front of a large group of people, and welcoming the voted champions to the stage - I can’t wait!”



Fosun - Sponsor of FEI Best Athlete Award

Simone Blum, Yoshiaki Oiwa, Lambert Leclezio and Stinna Kaastrup are in the running for the Fosun Best Athlete Award 2018, which pays tribute to some incredible performances during the year and is now sponsored by one of China's largest privately-held multinational companies, Fosun.


The equestrian sports sector was officially added to the Fosun industry portfolio in early 2018 following their collaboration with the Longines China Tour Beijing event in 2017, with the company keen to further widen the sport’s fan base and increase their visibility in the international equestrian community.


“The Fosun Best Athlete Award will showcase the best of the sport and we are honoured to be associated with this level of excellence,” said Mr Xiaodong Wen, Global Partner of Fosun. China has the second largest horse population in the world and is a key equestrian destination with 400,000 active equestrians, one in 1,000 fans riding regularly and 300,000 people directly employed in horse sport.



Who will be the winners?

Meanwhile, Austria’s Felix Koller, Esmee Donkers of the Netherlands, France’s Victor Levecque and Zambia’s Bunty Howard are the nominees for the Longines Rising Star Award for young talents aged 14 to 21.


Best Groom will be either Lucy Miles, Alex Tyler-Morris, Lee McKeever or Steffi Wiegard, while the Against All Odds award, for individuals who have overcome adversity, will go to Sammie Fritz, Leila Malki, Sara Morganti or Kate Shoemaker.


The FEI Solidarity Award nominees are Julie Battams and Equine Pathways in Australia, the Horsemanship charity programme in China, Riders of Hope in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mexico’s Mercedes Campdera.


Find out who is victorious at the FEI Awards 2018 Gala on Tuesday, November 20 by following @FEI_Global ‏on Twitter…


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