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FEI Awards 2015: San Juan, P.R.

FEI Awards 2015: San Juan, P.R.

Cerebral Productions was contracted late last year by IMG and the FEI (Federation Equestrian International) to collaborate and produce the Puerto Rico segments of their gala awards ceremony.

The five winners of the FEI Awards 2015, the “Oscars of the equestrian world”, were tonight 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.

Saluting the heroes of today and tomorrow for their outstanding contribution to equestrian sport, the FEI Awards 2015 – in association with the FEI’s Top Partner Longines and international fashion designer Reem Acra – applauded what has been an amazing 2015 sporting year, honouring the pursuit of excellence and rising talent.

The five winners, recognised for their significant achievements and willingness to demonstrate their passion for developing equestrian sport, are:

Longines Rising Star - Jessica Mendoza (GBR)
Reem Acra Best Athlete – Boyd Exell (AUS)
Best Groom - Jose Eduardo (Eddie) Garcia Luna (USA) 
Against All Odds - Oriana Ricca Marmissolle (URU)
FEI Solidarity - Les Chevaux qui pansent les plaies (Horses that heal wounds) (HAI)

The equestrian stars flew in from around the globe for a spectacular evening of glitz and glamour in the presence of over 350 distinguished guests, including National Federation representatives, FEI partners, VIPs and international media. On stage with Bo Derek and no stranger to success himself, was Puerto Rican actor and celebrated radio host Braulio Castillo Jr who served as master of ceremonies.

Congratulations to the winners and to all those in attendance, as well as the production teams from the UK and Puerto Rico.

IMG commission Cerebral Productions for FEI Awards Ceremony 2015

The FEI Awards were launched in 2009 to put a spotlight on the men, women, young people and organisations that are making an outstanding contribution to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport – in or out of the arena. 

This years awards ceremony was held at the Puerto Rico Museum of Arte in San Juan. Over 350 dignitaries and equestrian enthusiasts were in attendance with Braulio Castillo Jr. and Bo Derek as hosts. IMG and Cerebral Productions produced this years ceremony, along with El Guapo Cinema. 

With so many worthy nominees already announced for our FEI Awards within the Longines Rising Star, Against All Odds, FEI Solidarity and Best Groom categories we now look to the brightest stars of our sport with the nominees of the Reem Acra Best Athlete Award to round up the week.

2014 winners from left to right: HRH Princess Haya, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Melissa Tan chairman of equine therapy centre Equal Ark, Jackie Potts, Lambert Leclezio with (centre) Sydney Collier and her service dog Journey. Photo: FEI/Liz Gregg

2014 winners from left to right: HRH Princess Haya, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Melissa Tan chairman of equine therapy centre Equal Ark, Jackie Potts, Lambert Leclezio with (centre) Sydney Collier and her service dog Journey. Photo: FEI/Liz Gregg

After a year of outstanding sporting achievements from our athletes across all disciplines it was an especially difficult task to create a shortlist of only four athletes. 

More details and highlights from the ceremony to follow.

If you are a producer in need of services in Puerto Rico, contact Cerebral Productions and enjoy the best production experience possible.