The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of equestrian sport, announced the winners of its 2010 Year-End Awards in a ceremony November 5, in Taipei. AHS member Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Fla., took home the HSBC Rising Star Award.
Roffman who trains with Lars Petersen, was this year’s winner of the Five-Year-Old Championship at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships, riding her self-trained chestnut Hanoverian gelding Bon Chance (Belissimo M-SPS Wintersong/Weltmeyer), bred in Germany by Marefield Meadows. She also was the youngest competitor in the Intermediaire I National Championship at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, N.J.
“I was both honored and astounded to win the Rising Star Award,” said Roffman. “The most amazing part of winning the award was getting to meet Princess Haya. I also enjoyed meeting the other winners and hearing their experiences.”
The 22-year-old U.S. dressage rider found herself in heady company with the likes of Edward Gal, who, along with Moorlands Totilas, won the Reem Acra Best Athlete Award. Gal and “Toto” broke world dressage records in 2009 and won three Gold medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.