Awards

for outstanding achievements in the riding and horse sports

„Prix de l’Ecole d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne“ and „Médaille de l’Ecole d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne“

The 452-year-old history of the Spanish Riding School is based on the long and consequent tradition of the High School of Classical Horsemanship. This is why, in 2016, for the first time, two awards were given for outstanding achievements in the riding and horse sports. The “Prix de l’École d’Èquitation Espagnole de Vienne” and the “Médaille de l’École d’Èquitation Espagnole de Vienne”.

Awards 2018

The honorary committee of the Spanish Riding School will award the “Prix de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne” to an internationally well known person who made outstanding efforts in equestrian sports and horse breeding and contributed exemplary to an intergenerational understanding of the importance of horses in human history.

The award in the shape of “Maestoso Superba”, a stallion performing a Levade, is made of 12,527 crystals and only a very limited number of ten pieces was produced by the Tyrolean company Swarovski.

Award Winner 2018 was Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence in Germany   © RGE Media for SRS

A specialised jury that decides on the award winners from a shortlist of three candidates will give the medal of honour. This jury is chaired by Sissy Max-Theurer and consists of personalities from the international and Austrian horse sports community: Gary Rockwell, Ghislain Fouarge, Thomas Lang, Klaus Haim, Michael Enzinger as well as Elisabeth Gürtler.

Danish dressage rider Cathrine Dufour was awarded with the Médaille 2018                  Image by SRS

The Spanish Ring School is definedby the combination of tradition and quality. World famous riders have learned the High School of horsemanship here and are very attached to the house. Crowned heads and Olympic champions enjoyed their education in the Spanish Riding School. Therefore it is obvious that an award for outstanding performance is given.

Award Winner 2017

Prix de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne: HRH Princess Anne
Médaille de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne: Dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin and Carl hester (UK)

Award Winner 2016

Prix de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne: HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg as well as her daughter Princess Nathalie Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Médaille de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne: Dressage rider Kristina Bröring-Sprehe (GER)