The five winners of the FEI Awards 2015, were last night presented with their awards by Hollywood actress Bo Derek, at a Longines sponsored glittering gala dinner in the Puerto Rican capital city of San Juan.
It was a showjumper that won the 2015 Longines Rising Star Award; Jessica Mendoza from Great Britain.
"2015 heralded a meteoric rise for the 19 year old jumping athlete from Great Britain. She has produced consistently strong international performances, with more 10 wins in the past year and represented Great Britain at the 2015 European Championships, making her the youngest British senior championship team member for nearly 40 years. She played a key role in Britain securing Olympic qualification at the Championships in Aachen (GER), where they finish fourth overall, narrowly missing a team medal," says the press release from the FEI about the winners.
"I want to say a huge thank you to everyone, I really wasn't expecting this”, Mendoza said. “I'm so proud to be here tonight and receive the Longines Rising Star award. I am honoured to be amongst such great sporting talent. Thank you to the FEI for organising this awards ceremony and to Longines for the encouragement and acknowledgement of our hard work and efforts throughout the year."
The FEI Awards judging panel was chaired by Bo Derek, and also included FEI President Ingmar De Vos; Carmen Barrera, Chair of FEI Regional Group V (South America); and Ulf Helgstrand, President of the Danish Equestrian Federation and Vice President of the European Equestrian Federation.
Source: Press release from the FEI
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