Down to the Wire races to deliver the latest Equine and Equestrian news to Counter-Canter Culture
As things across the United States settle down for a long winter’s nap, let’s cheer ourselves up by acknowledging some outstanding Equestrians and remembering a classic snow fight.
Although the 5 five winners of the FEI Awards 2013 went on stage November 8 in Montreux, Switzerland to receive their awards, the federation only released videos of the event yesterday, January 6.
Carmen Thieman, Reed Kessler, Joann Formosa, HRH Princess Haya, Charlotte Dujardin, Col. Antonio Nuñez
Reem Acra Best Athlete Award – Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)
Longines Rising Star Award – Reed Kessler (USA)
Best Groom Award – Carmen Thiemann (GER) groom of Ingrid Klimke and former groom of the late Dr Reiner Klimke,
Development Award National Army Riding School – “Grito de Asencio” (URU)
The FEI Award Against All Odds – Joann Formosa (AUS).
We particularly enjoyed learning about Carman Thieman who won Best Groom Award — honoring that member of the equestrian team that’s not often in the spotlight but always critical to the success of the competitive horse and rider.
According to the FEI, “Carmen Thiemann is fully responsible for managing Olympic Eventing gold medallist Ingrid Klimke’s yard and is described as “the very soul of the stable”. Ingrid says it is Carmen’s great competence that allows her to focus on her own work with the horses.
A holiday Carmen spent at a yard when she was 12 prompted her to find stables near her home where she could take care of ponies. She left school at 17 and worked for the legendary Dr Reiner Klimke – winner of six gold and two bronze Olympic Dressage medals – for eight years. During that time, she worked for Dr Klimke’s daughter too and when Ingrid left the yard in 1990, she invited Carmen to go with her. Twenty-three years, four Olympic Games and a multitude of other competitions later, Carmen’s loyalty and professionalism were acknowledged by more than a hundred nominations for the FEI’s Best Groom Award, all lauding her calmness, kindness, reliability, excellent organizational skills and positive attitude.”
Finally it’s no secret that in the US a frigid polar vortex is making life miserable for man, woman and beast across the nation. To warm our hearts, if nothing else, Counter-Canter Culture shares that classic Budweiser commercial “Snowball Fight”. We laugh every time!