William Fox-Pitt up for FEI Award

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning are second after the dressage to Andrew Nicholson and Nereo at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning during the dressage phase of this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, which they won. © Jon Stroud/FEI

Injured British eventing rider William Fox-Pitt is among several equestrians shortlisted for the Reem Acra Best Athlete award at this year’s FEI Awards, which will be presented next week in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Fox-Pitt remains in hospital in France after sustaining head injuries in a cross-country fall on October 17.

He spent nearly two weeks in the intensive care unit at Angers Hospital, after his fall from Reinstated at the World Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers. He fell at the “owl hole” fence, the 20th obstacle on the course.

Bo Derek
Bo Derek

In the latest update on his condition, on November 5, Fox-Pitt’s family said he was continuing to make progress in his recovery.

The winners of the FEI Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on November 13. Fox-Pitt is upgainst fellow British rider Charlotte Dujardin, German eventer Ingrid Klimke, Australian driver Boyd Exell, Dutch showjumper Jeroen Dubbeldam, and French vaulter Jaques Ferrari.

The Best Athlete category celebrates athletes “who have demonstrated exceptional equestrian skills and have taken the sport to a new level over the last 12 months”.

A total of 29 candidates have been shortlisted for the 2015 FEI Awards 2015, and the winners in the five categories will be presented with their awards by Hollywood actress Bo Derek, Chair of the Jury for this year’s FEI Awards.

The awards are known as “Oscars of the Equestrian world” and more than 350 guests will attend the event, which also marks the grand finale to the FEI General Assembly.

Nominees shortlisted for the  FEI Awards are:

Longines Rising Star – Dedicated to equestrians aged 14 to 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent:
Juan Matute Jr (ESP)
Bertram Allen (IRE)
Kelsey Russell (USA)
Phoebe Peters (GBR)
Jessica Mendoza (GBR)
Gina Schumacher (GER)

Reem Acra Best Athlete – Athletes who have demonstrated exceptional equestrian skills and have taken the sport to a new level over the last 12 months:
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Jaques Ferrari (FRA)
William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
Ingrid Klimke (GER)
Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)
Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED)

Best Groom – This award is reserved for those all-important, behind-the-scenes team members who work around the clock to ensure that our equine athletes get the best possible care and attention:
Alan Davies (GBR)
Jennifer Arnsten (USA)
Marlen Schannwell (IRE)
Zoltan Herczeg (GER)
Imogen Mercer (GBR)
Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna (“Eddie”) (USA)

Against All Odds – For those who have pursued their equestrian ambitions despite physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances:
Gerado Tazzer (MEX)
Oriana Ricci Mannisille (URU)
Pepo Puch (AUT)
Ben Hobday (GBR)
Celine van Till (SUI)
Rixt van der Horst (NED)

FEI Solidarity – An equestrian development project, an individual or organisation that has demonstrated skill and energy in expanding equestrian sport:
Ready, Set, Trot (AUS)
First ever pilot course for Grooms (HAI)
Les Chevaux qui pensent les plaies (HAI)
Youth Summer Camp (BUL)




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