For the second time, the FEI has selected one person who has made an outstanding contribution to equestrian sports and awarded them the FEI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Yesterday, the award went to HH Prince Faissal bin Abdullah Al-Saud.
What is the FEI Lifetime Achievement Award?
It's a part of the FEI Awards launched in 2009 to reward excellence, commitment, dedication and courage. You can see past winners here: www.feiawards.org.
The award itself is a bronze of a series of horses jumping, specially crafted by sculptor Ronny Paesbrugghe entitled "Horses In Motion". The plaque includes the interlinked horseshoe insignia of the FEI Awards.
In the company of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, his proud wife and daughters and delegates from all over the world, he was keen to share the spotlight.
“Although this is a personal award, I feel this recognises the work of everyone in the equestrian community. We work together, we sacrifice our time and efforts in the name of this sport that we all love so much - and because of this, our sport is flourishing.”
“This is a humbling gesture from the FEI, which represents one of the most passionate and exciting sports in the world,” said HH Prince Faissal.
Queen Elizabeth II became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award in 2014
President Bach, who last visited FEI headquarters in the countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said following the ceremony: “Like many Olympic sports, the success of equestrian is driven by highly committed volunteers and by a strong and dedicated community.