Today we take look at one of the most touching, inspiring and emotional categories of the FEI Awards - Against All Odds.
We can only imagine what it must be like be in their shoes and face the challenges they have to overcome each day.
Without a doubt, each of these are more than worthy of collecting the award, but it can be only one.
Let’s take a look at the 4 nominees for the 2016 award:
In 2015, Brazilian Rodolpho Riskalla was preparing himself to compete at the Rio Olympics in Dressage. A top athlete representing his country at the peak of his profession. Everything was as it should be.
This all changed when he contracted an extremely aggressive form of Meningitis during a holiday. He slipped into a coma and when we awoke, the doctors had to remove most of his fingers, as well as amputate hit legs below the knee. His Olympic dreams were shattered.
But the determination of Rudolph was iron clad - and he set his sights on another goal - to compete for his country at the Paralympic games that same year.
With doctors, friends and family telling him he was mad for attempting such a thing a few short months after losing his limbs, he got back in the saddle with less than 12 months to train for Rio - this time with no legs and few fingers.
His determination, passion, resilience and dedication have made him a national hero. He pursued his dream of representing his country at home despite what life threw at him and in order to do so had to work tremendously hard to overcome his adversity.