“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…