Fashion designer supports FEI Best Athlete Award

By: Horse Deals

Fashion designer supports FEI Best Athlete Award
Dutch Olympic dressage rider Adelinde Cornelissen receiving the 2011 Reem Acra Best Athlete Award at the FEI Awards ceremony at the Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Reem Acra, the international fashion designer and title sponsor of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series, is lending her support to the FEI’s Best Athlete Award for the third consecutive year.

The Reem Acra Best Athlete Award honours an athlete (equine or human) who has demonstrated exceptional skill and fair-play in any FEI discipline (jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining or endurance).

This award has previously been won by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (2009), Edward Gal and Totilas (2010) and Adelinde Cornelissen (2011).

"I am very proud to associate my name with this prestigious award, " said New York-based designer Reem Acra, whose clientele includes Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry. "I love horses and my partnership with the FEI has enabled me to have a much deeper understanding of the top level of the sport and the personal investment necessary to reach it.

"The past winners of the Best Athlete Award are to horse sport what some of my clients are to showbusiness. They have that extra sparkle that results from a combination of great talent, determination, commitment and unstinting hard work. I hope everybody will take the time to nominate the athletes they most admire because there are many whose names should be known way beyond the equestrian community."

Nominations for the FEI Awards (Reem Acra Best Athlete, HSBC Rising Star, Best Groom, Against All Odds and Development) are open until 31 July at