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  • Victor Levecque (FRA) Winner of the Longines Rising Star Award 2018

    With nickname like “The Machine”, you’d expect Victor to be something special in Eventing, and he’s certainly living up to his moniker! At just 20 years of age, he’s already got 10 European medals in all, including Team and individual Golds at the European Championships in Fontainebleau under his belt, as well as individual Bronze, and team Silver medals in the Pony European Championships in 2013 He’s being considered a “Prodigy in Eventing already, often being called the Kilian Mpappé of the French Eventing team.

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  • Simone Blum (GER) Winner of the Fosun Best Athlete Award 2018

    Simone was born into an equestrian family and her father Jürgen competed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta in Eventing. This set her on her equestrian journey and she actually became the Bavarian Eventing Champion aged just 12 before switching to Jumping. Since then she has gone from strength to strength. In 2016, she became German Ladies Champion, while 2017 saw her snare German Champion in the open ranking. With her long-time partner DSP Alice, spectacularly came away with Individual Jumping Gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon this year - the first woman to ever do so.

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  • Lee McKeever (IRL) Winner of the Best Groom Award 2018

    After 30 years of working with McLain Ward, Lee seems just as enthusiastic about what he does and his dedication to the horses then when he first started. Not only does go above and beyond for our horses but he has always been willing thoroughly the years to help others within the sport. MCLain has described him as “The best there is”.

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  • Leila Malki (PLE) Winner of the Against All Odds Award 2018

    Leila Malki is teenage girl living in Palestine, who has been riding since she was five. In a difficult part of the world – especially for women – she has broken the taboo and encouraged girls and women to enter equestrian sport. Leila has been instrumental in helping young children start riding for the first time. Leila also volunteers to help those with special needs in riding and dealing with horses. She actively promotes the sport at a national level, speaking on radio and TV about her experiences, and how to overcome the challenges facing a young woman rider in Palestinian in reaching the international arena. Despite all odds, she managed to represent her country and participate in international competitions in both Palestine and abroad. She has never had her own Jumping horse, so she will always ride a rented or borrowed horse. She travels as far as Colombia and Morocco with no trainer or support team, only herself and her Dad. She is a perfect example that if you have determination and passion, nothing can stop you in your goals to compete in equestrian sports.

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  • The Horsemanship Movement (CHN) Winner of the FEI Solidarity Award 2018

    With Eventing star Alex Hua-Tian at the helm, this programme aims to bring the core values of equestrianism to children from all walks of life in China. With important life skills to be learned from being around horses, The Horsemanship Movement helped over 200 migrant kids in 2017 by introducing them to horses and the positive things they can bring to their lives. Their aim is to reposition equestrian sports away from any “elitist” image towards a value-led activity, rich with character education for children.

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