FEI Awards 2023: Pivo FEI Inspire Award Announced

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We’re thrilled to announce Pivo’s involvement at the FEI Awards 2023. For the first time, Pivo will sponsor an award at the prestigious event — the Pivo FEI Inspire Award!

The Pivo FEI Inspire Award unites elements of the FEI Solidarity Award and the FEI Against All Odds Award. As well as this, it has been created with the infallible spirit and determination of nominees in mind. Let’s take a look at those nominees below.

And the nominees are…

Among the nominees for the new Pivo FEI Inspire category is Valeria Bonfiglio (ITA), who proves that passion and determination are not a number. At age 54, Bonfiglio entered her first Endurance event, and then took her first top placement in a 160km ride at 57.

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She is joined be Jennie Sharpe (GBR) who defied medical expectations after being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome, and made a triumphant return to the saddle despite physical challenges.

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Also nominated is plane crash survivor Federico Fernandez Senderos from Mexico who, despite severe burns and vision impairment, competes successfully at 5* level in Jumping.

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Completing the list of nominees are Ukrainian Vaulting team of Polina Shovkova and Kateryna (Katya) Panasenko who fulfilled their dreams of competing at the FEI Vaulting World Championship for Juniors despite the war raging in their country. 

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Established in 2009, the FEI Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that are making an outstanding contribution to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport, both in and outside the arena. Earlier this year, we became the FEI’s Official Technology Training Partner, joining long-time sponsors such as Longines, Cavalor, and Peden Bloodstock.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the FEI Awards 2023 Gala presented by Longines in Mexico City on November 21st. Stay tuned to the Pivo blog for all of the updates from the awards next month!