Equestrian heroes will soon be ditching their breeches and boots to don tuxedos, ball gowns and high heels for a glittering competition of another kind. They will fly to Baku (AZE) to be whisked onto the red carpet of the FEI Awards on 14 December. The “Oscars of the equestrian world” have been organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, since 2009.

Eighteen candidates have been shortlisted for this year’s awards, and one from each of five categories will be selected as the winners by a jury of international experts chaired by FEI President HRH Princess Haya.

Among the nominees is Jumping-ambassador Jeroen Dubbeldam! View all the nominees  here.