Announcing the shortlist for the FEI Solidarity Award 2014

Nov 19, 2014 Other Press Releases »

It is awards season at the FEI with our annual FEI Awards Gala Evening fast approaching. Each day this week we will be announcing the shortlist from our 5 categories, Longines Rising Star, Reem Acra Best Athlete, Best Groom, Against All Odds and FEI Solidarity.

So far we have announced the nominees of the Reem Acra Best Athlete Award and Against All Odds Award but today is the turn of the FEI Solidarity Award.

While we often focus on the elite of our sport, the FEI Solidarity Award allows us to turn our attention to those individuals and organisations who dedicate their time, skill and energy to expanding and developing our sport from the grassroots up.

Equal Ark
Based in Singapore and launched in 2011, Equal Ark (Equine-Assisted Learning for At Risk Kids) is a programme of horsemanship lessons for children experiencing a range of difficulties at home and at school. The initiative has already helped 800 children who have failed or dropped out of school at an early age. Equal Ark provides the children with a greater chance of success in their school, work and family lives whilst developing a love for horses. The programme will enrol 400 students a year from 2015, with the aim to increase that figure to 800 students a year from 2017 onwards.

Southern Hills Eventing Inc
Southern Hills Eventing Inc is a not for profit and volunteer committee in Western Australia. They have been running a large scale horse event once a year and in 2014 successfully ran an international event for the first time. The goal of the committee is to increase exposure for sport in the region; provide international qualification opportunities for riders; lift the standard of the sport; support the local community and a large not for profit charity by sharing funds raised as a result of the event.

Andrjey Malcievsky
Initially founding the National Equestrian Park Russia in 2012 to revive the Russian traditions of horse riding and promote equestrian sport, Andrjey has taken the project from a small equestrian complex to the largest investment project of new Russia with the park covering 250 hectares. The park provides facilities for everyone from underprivileged children learning to ride through to elite Olympic riders. The aims of the centre are to unite professional sport, training, leisure and education.

Yuriy Chertkov
Starting a personal programme of sponsorship and development of equestrian sport in Ukraine 9 years ago, Yuriy has been a central figure in improving infrastructure and rider opportunities for horse power and training. This dedication to improving to face of Ukraine’s equestrian sport resulted in him being elected as President of the Equestrian Federation of Ukraine. Since becoming President he has continued to develop the sport cumulating in Ukraine having representatives at World & European Dressage competitions at junior and senior level for the first time. He has worked hard to popularise equestrian sport through development of relationships with journalists and photographers on top of numerous financial and sponsorship opportunities.

Check back tomorrow to find out the nominations for the Best Groom Award.

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