BREWSTER, N.Y. — Lee McKeever who grooms for show jumper, McLain Ward is a finalist for the FEI’s best groom award.

He has been working with Ward for 30 years. According to his nomination, he “ seems just as enthusiastic about what he does and his dedication to the horses as he did then. Not only does he go above and beyond for Ward's horses but he has always been willing throughout the years to help others within the sport. McLain has described him as ‘The best there is’”

For a second consecutive year, the public gets to vote and celebrate its equestrian heroes following publication of the shortlisted nominees.

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Two other Americans areamong the shortlisted nominees for the FEI Awards 2018. Kate Shoemaker, Para-Dressage and Sammie Fritz a young Dressage rider, are nominees for the Against All Odds award for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.

The online public vote will be open from until Oct. 15 and will count for 50%, with a panel of expert judges deciding the remaining 50%.

The winners will be announced at the FEI Awards 2018 Gala presented by Longines in Manama, Bahrain on Nov. 20.

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