President of the Jury: Ingmar de Vos
Ingmar De Vos, holds degrees in political science, business administration and international and European law, and started his career as an advisor to the Belgian Senate. He joined the Belgian Equestrian Federation as managing director in 1990, and held the additional role of Secretary General from 1997 to 2011.
During his time at the Belgian National Federation, Ingmar De Vos was chef de mission for the Belgian Equestrian Team at all FEI World Equestrian Games™ from 1990 to 2010 and at several Olympic Games. He was also Secretary General of the European Equestrian Federation from 2010, the year the organisation was formed, until 2011, when he joined the FEI. After three years as FEI Secretary General, Ingmar was elected as FEI President in December 2014. On 15 September 2017, Ingmar De Vos was elected an IOC member as an IF representative at the IOC session in Lima, Peru.
Longines Vice President, Head of International Marketing
Born in an Italian-Spanish family, Juan-Carlos Capelli grew up in a multicultural environment which developed his curiosity for other countries and cultures. He spent his childhood in Tramelan in the “Jura Bernois”, a region almost entirely devoted to the watchmaking industry.
After an apprenticeship in Tramelan, Juan-Carlos Capelli started his career at the Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon SA in Saint-Imier (a few kilometres away from his home town) in 1990, in the Communication department. During his 25 years with Longines, Juan-Carlos Capelli has explored almost all the areas of Marketing, from events to advertising.
In 2000, he graduated as Federally Certified Marketing Specialist. He became a member of the Enlarged Direction of Longines in 2002, and, the same year, was appointed as Advertising Manager. In 2007, further to his long and successful career in communication, Juan-Carlos became Longines’ Head of International Marketing and Member of the Longines Management board. Finally, he has been appointed Vice-President in 2010.
Nick Skelton (GBR)
FEI AWARDS 2016 Best Athlete winner
Olympic Champion 2016! He began riding at age 18 months and in 1975 took two team silvers and an individual gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Juniors. He has competed numerous times at the FEI European Jumping Championships, winning three golds, three silvers and three bronzes both individually and with the British team over a 26-year time period. In 1980 he competed in the Alternative Olympics where he helped the British team to a silver medal. He currently holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record, which he set in 1978. In 2012, at the age of 54, Skelton won the Olympic gold medal as part of the winning British team. In 2016, at the age of 58, Skelton won the Individual Olympic gold medal at his seventh Olympic Games.
Skelton broke his neck in September 2000 which could have ended his career, but after retiring in 2001 he recovered and began competing again in 2002. He has also had a hip replacement and two knee operations.
Prince Moulay Abdellah Alaoui
President of the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian Sports – FEI AWARDS 2016 FEI Solidarity winner
The Moroccan Equestrian Federation received several nominations in this category including full endorsement from the FEI Solidarity team at FEI HQ stating their proactive stance with regards to development and their successes in 2016. These are:
– Represent a concrete example of development of Horse Sport with all the necessary ingredients (Development of the NF structures, Coach Education, Athletes training, Values (Horse welfare)
– The development of a state-of-the-art national training and competition centre – the Institut National du Cheval
– Host to the FEI World Jumping Challenge Final 2016 which was a tremendous success – hailed the best ever - both from an organisational and sporting standpoint
– The first-ever participation of a Moroccan athlete at the equestrian events of the Olympic Games
– Increased opportunities and solid foundations for the development of the sport and related employment in the sport
– Knowledge transfer and assistance to local breeders
– Increased awareness and promotion of the sport nationally and regionally
Lisa Roskens (USA)
FEI World Cup™ Final 2017 Organising Committee Director
Lisa is Chairman of the Board of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of the Burlington Capital Group LLC. Prior to coming to the Burlington Capital Group in 2000, Lisa served as Managing Director of Twin Compass, LLC and was the Director of Business Development at Inacom Corporation. From 1995 to 1997, she served as Finance Director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Lisa was an attorney with the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, Nebraska from 1992-1995, specializing in commercial litigation.
Lisa is also an avid amateur jumper rider. In 2001 she founded Take Flights Farms, a 501(c)(3) organization that incorporates horses into therapeutic and learning programs. Her love for equestrian sport and for her home city spurred her to found the Omaha Equestrian Foundation in 2011.
Laetitia d’Arenberg (URU)
Estancia Las Rosas – Lapataia d´Arenberg Group
Originally born in Brumana, Lebanon (French Protectorate), Laetitia d´Arenberg arrived in Uruguay for the first time with her parents the Duke Eric and the Duchess Marie Therese d´Arenberg and her brother Rodrigue in the 1950s and eventually returned for good in 1973. She owns several agricultural properties which produce a number of products very much in keeping with environmental and animal welfare principles including dairy milk production, beef production, fine and ultra-fine wool production, genetics and breeding programs. She was awarded the LEGION OF HONOUR in the Rank of Knight for her humanitarian work in Uruguay in 2009 and in 2015 she was named Chevallier d´Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French Government.
The horse is and has always played an important part of her life, dedicated to horse breeding particularly Arabian Horses in recent years and very successfully with one of her horses “Excalibur” awarded the best Arabian horse in the world at the Salon du Cheval in November 2014. Laetitia d´Arenberg speaks fluently Spanish, English, French German and Italian.
Mona Tep (CAM)
President of the Cambodian Equestrian National Federation
Cambodia has been a member Federation of the FEI since 2007, with Mona Tep joining the organisation in 2013. Her professional experience includes a broad range of responsible positions in government and industry, with an intimate working knowledge of complex organizations within both the private and public sectors. She has worked in France, Canada and Cambodia and is extremely adept at working in cross-cultural business and governmental environments.
Ms. Tep returned to Cambodia from France in 1993 with a BA of Arts degree in marketing, and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Montreal. In the course of 20 years she has held diverse positions including Director of Communication for Artisans d’Angkor, and consulting for developing agencies such as World Bank and Agence française de développement. An avid tennis player and equestrian, Mona brings a well-balanced and energetic style of leadership in the workplace and has a proven record of dedicated and undaunted determination to succeed in every challenge undertaken.