On Friday 13 November 2015, Longines had the honor to present the Longines Rising Star Award to an outstanding young equestrian athlete. This year, the award was presented to British show jumping rider Jessica Mendoza by Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice-President of Longines and Head of International Marketing. He also awarded her an elegant Longines watch from the new Longines DolceVita collection, which celebrates contemporary elegance and feminity, and is therefore a perfect match for the talented young female athlete.
The recipient of the 2015 Longines Rising Star Award Jessica Mendoza can already look back on an impressive track record at only nineteen years old. In the last twelve months alone, she has won over 10 major competitions and she recently finished second at the prestigious Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping in Helsinki. This summer, she also became the youngest British athlete in forty years to compete at the 2015 European Jumping Championships. Thanks to her determination and hard work, Jessica Mendoza is now competing alongside and against the world’s most successful show jumping athletes. She is known as being focused, cool under pressure and she is a true role model in the equestrian community.
The FEI Awards were set up in 2009 and are presented each year to individuals and organizations contributing to progress and excellence in equestrian sports – both indoor and outdoor. The Longines Rising Star Award rewards athletes between the ages of 14 and 21 who demonstrate outstanding sporting talent.