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  • Harry Allen (IRL) Winner of the Rising Star Award 2017

    Ireland’s Harry Allen is following in his older brother Bertram’s footsteps making a name for himself on the international stage in show jumping. He had a hugely successful year in 2017 claiming double gold at the European Pony Championships in Kaposvar. His exceptional talent is evident as he competes on both horses and ponies at international level. A name to continue to watch in the future.

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  • Isabell Werth (GER) Winner of the Best Athlete Award 2017

    In 2017 Isabell Werth won 25 international Grand Prix Competitions (GP, GPS and GP Freestyle) which include her unprecedented successes at the FEI World Cup™ Final in Omaha and winning an astonishing hat-trick of gold medals at the FEI European Championships in Göteborg.

    Isabell Werth is the most successful dressage rider in the world with 10 Olympic medals, 9 World Championship medals and 21 European medals – a unique level of success. She is generally at the top of the world Dressage rankings since with several horses in the top ten, training her horses from youngster to Grand Prix classes.

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  • Alan Davies (GBR) Groom for Charlotte Dujardin & Carl Hester

    Alan is consistently shortlisted in this category and once again received multiple nominations. He is highly respected by fellow grooms. As groom to both Valegro and Nip Tuck he works incredibly hard to ensure the upkeep of both horses is exemplary always having the horses’ welfare at the forefront of everything he does.

    His dedication to, and rapport with, his main charge, Valegro, was clear for all to see caring for him on a daily basis to make sure he was fit, well and content. Whether the horses are at home or at local, national or international events, Alan is always there.

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  • Emma Booth (AUS) Winner of the Against All Odds Award 2017

    In April 2013, aged 21 Emma Booth was returning from an International CIC event when a truck jack knifed into her car and float instantly killing both horses and leaving Emma paralysed. Her injuries were extensive and included a shattered spine and a fractured skull, sternum, collarbone and ankle. Spurred on by her love of horses she looked up Para-Equestrianism whilst still in hospital. Six months after the accident she was back on a horse.

    Emma went on to represent Australia in Grade II Para Equestrian in 2014 and 2015. 2016 saw her qualify for the Rio Paralympic Games - exactly 3 years after her accident - where she finished fifth, 1% out of the medals. She continues to inspire those around her giving talks to schools, equestrian teams, community groups and big corporate organisations about dealing with adversity.

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  • Retraining of Racehorses, Assam (IND) Winner of the FEI Solidarity Award 2017

    This Retraining of Racehorses project is supported by FEI Solidarity. It was initiated by the Indian National Federation and is aimed at educating local horse trainers on techniques used to retrain former race horses with the help of experts. This project also includes education on horse management and stable management. The project’s objectives are to develop equestrian sports in India but more particularly in the province of Assam where the access to sport horses is very limited. The ultimate goal is to increase higher participation by providing a larger pool of suitable horses whilst training riders and coaches on how to create mechanisms necessary for producing horses to Elementary level Dressage / 1.10 m Jumping / FEI 1* Eventing. There is huge scope with the project to branch out to other regions in India as there are thousands of horses who have retired from racing. These horses are often very young with a long potential life after racing ahead of them.

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