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Dressage Superstar Ravel Named 2009 USEF Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year
Ravel and Steffen Peters winning the 2009 FEI World Cup Dressage Final.
Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman/USEF Archives.
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By Joanie Morris
Louisville, KY Annually, five of the USEFs 130,000 registered horses
achieve so much in a year that they are named USEF Horses of Honor and enter
the running for the title of Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year.
In 2009 all five of these horses were nothing short of remarkable.
But one forever changed the face of his sport, and with that, Ravel was
voted the 2009 USEF Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year.
It began in April at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final when, with the weight
of a nation on his 11-year-old shoulders, Ravel trotted back into Las Vegas
Thomas & Mack Arena after winning the Grand Prix to perform his Freestyle.
The performance to music by Coldplay and the Rolling Stones brought down the
house, and completed his sweep of the Final with Steffen Peters for his
owner Akiko Yamazaki.
I think it was a great year for US dressage if I may humbly say so, said
Yamazaki. It put us on the world map, at the top.
Reasonably inexperienced amongst the competition, the Dutch gelding never
wavered in 2009, from Las Vegas to the CDIO Aachen, he proved invincible and
put the US in an excellent position looking forward to the 2010 Alltech FEI
World Equestrian Games, to be held in Lexington, KY next September.
Ravel is as sweet in the barn as he is competitive in the ring, he has done
nothing but continue to improve in 2009 pretty good considering his lowest
finish in 2008 (his first year of International competition) was fourth at
the Olympic Games.
But in 2009 he was second to no one, and those that were lucky enough to
have witnessed him were simply in awe.
Including his own people: Peters and his wife Shannon, Yamazaki and Ravels
loyal groom Rafael Hernandez Carillo all went along for the ride in 2009.
Yamazaki thanked Ravels entire team in her acceptance speech, citing the
international make-up of the superstars inner circle.
Only in America can you have a success story like this, she said. I would
like to thank the USEF, Jim Wolf thank you so much and Jessica Ransehousen
for her wonderful coaching.
Ravels rush to greatness was not a surprise to those who have known him, but
it was faith rewarded. Yamazaki and Peters got to show the world just how
special their horse is.
Ravel had venerable competition for the top honors:
Courage to Lead, the brave Combined Driving Pony who claimed her
National Championship for Suzy Stafford and was the Individual Bronze
medalist at the 2009 World Pony Driving Championships, was recognized for
her achievement in her final year of competition. Owned by Beverly Lesher,
the now 13-year-old Morgan mare heads to retirement and the breeding shed in
Kripton-Seni II, was another undefeated champion in 2009. This
Andalusian stallion swept several divisions in the International Andalusian
and Lusitano Horse Associations regional and national levels. His greatest
honor was achieved at the IALHA Nationals where he was honored as the
High-Point Andalusian for the entire competition. Kripton-Seni II showed
his versatile nature. He won ribbons in Hunt Seat, Western Pleasure and
Dressage Hack in the amateur, vintage and open divisions. An overachiever
across disciplines, he finished the competition with one National Grand
Champion, four National Champion and two Reserve National Championship
CHOur Charming Lady, the American Saddlebred Horse Association Horse
Year and World's Grand Champion wrote her own lore in 2009, winning the
Saddlebred "Triple Crown." She was the only one of the breed to do it last
year, with champion performances at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show,
the Kentucky State Fair Worlds Championship Horse Show and the American
Royal National Championship. The eight-year-old mare has won 34 straight
classes unanimously and is owned by Jack and Donna Finch.
Sapphire, the show jumping super mare that won from Wellington to
2009 padded a resume Marketing Coordinator, Melissa Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Joanie Morris at email@example.com with media requests for the
2009 Pegasus Award winners.
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