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FEI Awards 2019

       Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob - winners at Aachen and the European Championships in 2019



Swiss Jumping stars Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs will see their long-standing sporting rivalry play out in the polls as the public vote for the FEI Awards 2019 is now open but our vote goes to Eventing's Ingrid Klimke of course!.

An impressive billing of equestrian athletes, individuals and projects have been shortlisted across five Awards categories following the FEI’s call to action for nominations from the global equestrian community.

Flying the flag for 15 nations on five continents, the 22 shortlisted nominees have been selected for their outstanding achievements on the field of play, inspirational outlook and unparalleled dedication.

World number one Guerdat (37) and his great friend and rival Fuchs (27), who was crowned FEI European Jumping champion last month, are amongst the five nominees in the running for the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete Award 2019, along with Eventing legend Ingrid Klimke (GER), this year’s FEI Driving World Cup™ winner Bram Chardon (NED) and Dutch Paralympian and triple European gold medallist Sanne Voets.

The public has 12 days (25 September to 7 October) to cast votes for their heroes in the five categories: Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete, Longines FEI Rising Star, Cavalor FEI Best Groom, FEI Against All Odds and FEI Solidarity (make sure you scroll all the way down to find out more about our pick in this category - The Urban Equestrian Academy)

The 2019 Awards winners will be celebrated at a star studded ceremony at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow (RUS) on 19 November.


Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete - paying tribute to the athlete who over the past year has demonstrated exceptional skill and taken the sport to a new level.

Steve Guerdat (SUI), Jumping

Martin Fuchs (SUI), Jumping

Ingrid Klimke (GER), Eventing

Bram Chardon (NED), Driving

Sanne Voets (NED), Para Dressage


      Thibaut Vallette and Qing Du Briot at the FEI European Championships


Cavalor FEI Best Groom - for the behind-the-scenes hero who ensures the horses they look after are given the best possible care.

Tim Varlec (SLO), groom for Irish Para Dressage athlete Tamsin Addison

Madeleine Broek (NED), groom for Dutch Jumping star Marc Houtzager

Yann Devanne (FRA), groom for French Olympic Eventing team gold medallist Thibaut Vallette

Ann-Christin De Boer (GER), groom for Olympic Dressage golden girl Helen Langehanenberg


Longines FEI Rising Star – for the youth athlete aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment.

Max Wachman (IRL), 15, Jumping

Juan Martin Clavijo (COL), 19, Vaulting

Semmieke Rothenberger (GER), 20, Dressage

Costanza Laliscia (ITA), 20, Endurance


FEI Against All Odds - for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.

Marie Vonderheyden (USA), Para Dressage

Eric Lamaze (CAN), Jumping

Tobias Thorning Jørgensen (DEN), Para Dressage

Zhenqiang Li (CHN), Jumping


FEI Solidarity - for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual or organisation that has used skill, dedication and energy to expand the sport.

DSA LEAD Programme (RSA)

Uno Yxklinten (SWE), farriery training programme in Zambia

The Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center, Virginia (USA)

The Jack Dodd Foundation (IRL)

The Urban Equestrian Academy (GBR)

The winners will be decided through a system in which 50% of the public’s vote and 50% of the judges’ vote will be combined to give the final result.