Ravel up for US Horse of the Year award

December 21, 2009

Steffen Peters and Ravel. © Kit Houghton/FEI

World Cup winning dressage horse Ravel has followed his rider Steffen Peters to be in line for top US honours.

Ravel, who won the World Cup dressage final in April, is among the finalists for the US Equestrian Federation's Horse of the Year award. Peters is among seven horsemen in line for the 2009 USEF Equestrian of the Year title, after scooping the William C. Steinkraus Trophy, which is presented to an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing or show jumping.

The Horse of the Year will be named at the USEF's annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 15.

This prestigious title is awarded each year to the nation's most exceptional horse and is chosen by votes cast by members of the USEF, equestrian media and a USEF panel. Voting for Horse of the Year will close at midnight on January 8.

This year's finalists represent a broad cross section of riding disciplines, and the voting is expected to be brisk. One of these five finalists will join previous winners Brentina, the 2005 dressage superstar, Authentic, the 2006 jumping sensation, the late Theodore O'Connor, the 2007 eventing great, and Jamica, the Dutch Warmblood who excelled in 2008 as a four-in-hand combined driving horse.

All of the finalists for Horse of the Year will be recognized during the Horse of the Year Gala at the USEF Annual Meeting.