Dear FEI Officials,
We realise it is a very busy period at the moment, and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we would be delighted if you would nominate your heroes for the FEI Awards 2017. As you may have seen below, we will be presenting a shortlist to the public vote but in order to ensure we have a representative pool of nominations, we need all the FEI Family and stakeholders to actively participate in the nomination phase. We have already received a number of nominations from Officials and would like to encourage everyone that has yet to make nominations to have their say. You are passionate about equestrian sport, you attend many events and know the athletes, the rising stars, the grooms and you may also know of great Solidarity/development projects. So, PLEASE, take a few moments and go to www.feiawards.org to nominate individuals/organisations in the five categories. Time is running out – just two weeks left!

We are delighted to announce that the search for the 2017 equestrian heroes has now started and we need YOU to take an active role in the FEI AWARDS 2017, our annual salute to excellence, determination, resolve, courage and dedication.
We have made a few small changes to the FEI Awards process and we are now asking you and the wider FEI Family to nominate your heroes. As you are actively involved in the sport, your input is vital in order to ensure that we cover the depth and breadth of the equestrian landscape and recognise the exceptional individuals and organisations that make the equestrian community so unique!
The nomination phase – which is open exclusively to the FEI Family – runs until 31 August. Following the nomination phase, the FEI Executive Board will shortlist the entries, which will then be presented to a DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF JUDGES and for the first time ever the PUBLIC will be invited to vote from 18 to 30 September on www.fei.org.
If you want your heroes to have the chance of being celebrated for all their hard work, commitment, dedication and achievements, please NOMINATE NOW on www.feiawards.org in one or all of the five categories below: 
Longines Rising Star
Best Athlete
Best Groom
Against All Odds
FEI Solidarity

Here’s a quick breakdown on the TIMELINE and PROCESS for the FEI Awards 2017

 14.07 – 31.08
Nominations open to the FEI Family on www.feiawards.org  
1.09 – 10.09
Shortlisting by the FEI Executive Board
18.09 – 30.09  
Shortlisted nominees presented to the PUBLIC VOTE on www.fei.org (worth 50%)
Shortlisted nominees presented to distinguished PANEL of JUDGES (worth 50%)
21 November 2017
Winners announced at the FEI AWARDS Gala presented by Longines in Montevideo, Uruguay // Live coverage of the event and extensive social/media coverage around the world.

The FEI Awards honour everyone who make our sport happen and this has been shown time and time again in the thousands of nominations we have received since the FEI Awards were launched in 2009. This is your opportunity to shine the spotlight on your heroes so please take the time to nominate in the five categories to ensure the global community is truly represented in the FEI Awards 2017. For more information on the categories, the process, the timelines and to place your nomination, go to www.feiawards.org  
I sincerely hope you will participate in this nomination process and look forward to your input and proposals for this edition of the FEI Awards.
With my kindest regards,
Ingmar De Vos
FEI President


The FEI Sports Forum 2018 will take place in Lausanne on 26th and 27th March.

The 2018 IJOC Seminar and General Assembly will be held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland from 2nd to 4th February 2018.


The format will be similar to previous years with a Pre-Refresher session on the Friday afternoon, Judges' Refresher on Saturday and the General Assembly on Sunday morning. Although it has not been possible to include an official Refresher for Stewards this time, there will be sessions of interest to our Steward members and the Board is actively looking at the possibility of running a Stewards' Refresher in 2019.


Further details and registration information will be made available on the website in due course. The Board looks forward to welcoming you to the meeting in Lausanne.

Please see below a message from the FEI President.

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to let you know that the IOC Executive Board has today confirmed equestrian sport in the Olympic programme for the 2024 Games and approved the Olympic formats submitted by the FEI for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Our quota for the 2020 Games remains unchanged, and the IOC has also agreed to our proposal for the use of reserve athletes (horses and riders) for medical reasons.

This is fantastic news for our sport and a direct reflection of our willingness and desire to adapt and modernise our sport, so all the work to drive change and increase universality has clearly been worthwhile.

I would like thank all our National Federations for their cooperation, contribution and understanding around the format changes for Tokyo 2020 that were approved at last year’s General Assembly and which were absolutely necessary to consolidate our place in the Olympic Programme going forward.

With these new formats, which include teams of three and no drop score across the three Olympic disciplines, we will have more flags than ever before in equestrian sport in line with the IOC’s Agenda 2020 recommendations.

This is tremendous for the global equestrian family and the next phase on our agenda will be to find consensus on a proposal for the distribution of the quota for Tokyo. I hope that these discussions will be held in the same constructive atmosphere and with the same understanding that has served us so well in the past.

We are really looking forward to Tokyo 2020 and working hand in hand with all our National Federations to make these Games hugely successful.

We will be issuing a press release shortly on all of the above so please do share this fantastic news with all your members and media contacts.

Once again, thank you to all our NFs and dedicated Committee members for making this possible.

Yours sincerely,

Ingmar De Vos

FEI President