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Prince Faissal receives FEI Lifetime Achievement Award

13 Apr 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 11, 2017: His Highness Prince Faissal bin Abdullah Al-Saud has become only the second person to receive the FEI Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Equestrian Federation. In the company of his proud wife and daughters, as well as IOC President Thomas Bach and delegates from all over the world, Prince Faissal was keen to share the spotlight.

“Although this is a personal award I feel this recognises the work of everyone in the equestrian community,” he said. “We work together, we sacrifice our time and efforts in the name of this sport that we all love so much - and because of this, our sport is flourishing. “This is a humbling gesture from the FEI, which represents one of the most passionate and exciting sports in the world.”

Prince Faissal has had horses in his life since he started riding as a child. His passion for equestrian sport was ignited when he owned his first horse at 14. He then went on to create the Saudi Equestrian Federation in 1990, and it took just six years for Saudi Arabia’s jumping athletes to make it to their first Olympic Games in Atlanta.

At the next Games in Sydney, Saudi Arabia won its first Olympic equestrian medal, when Khaled Al Eid and Khashm al-Aan took home individual Jumping bronze. History was then made once again at London 2012, when Saudi Arabia won its first team Jumping bronze medal. 

In 2010, Dalma Rushdi Malhas became the first Saudi female athlete to compete at Olympic level when she claimed individual bronze at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore with Flash Top Hat. “Prince Faissal’s entire life has been dedicated to horses and promoting equestrian sport. He has made an incredible impact as we see our sport grow quickly around the world,” said Ingmar De Vos, President of the FEI.

“The global equestrian community is a very special one, pulling together to make big steps. We are taking the opportunity here tonight to say thank you to Prince Faissal and also to our equestrian family during these exciting times for our sport.” 

NOTE: Queen Elizabeth II became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award in 2014
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