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USEF Pegasus Award Winners: Dressage Star Steffen Peters Named USEF 2009
Equestrian of the Year; Jessica Ransehousen Honored for a Lifetime of
Excellence and Maxance McManamy to Carry Sport into Future
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January 16, 2010
By Joanie Morris
Louisville, KY In January of 2009 Steffen Peters was honored with the USEFs
Equestrian of the Year Award for his uncanny sportsmanship and his
achievements on the field of play throughout 2008. In 2010, at the USEF
Pegasus Awards dinner he was bestowed the title again this time for simply
blowing the doors off the dressage world in 2009.
Made even sweeter by the fact that the beloved horse who made it all
possible picked up the top honors the night before at the 2009
Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year Awards dinner, 2009 is a year that will go
down in history as the year of Peters and Ravel.
In April, Peters (San Diego, CA) became only the second American to win the
FEI World Cup Dressage Final, and the first to do so in the US when he
stormed to victory in Las Vegas. With Ravel, the performance brought the
crowd to their feet and then to tears as the 11-year-old Dutch gelding owned
by Aikiko Yamazaki proved how much he had improved since his fourth place
finish at the 2008 Olympic Games. He looked the very best in the eye and
never wavered putting the historically Euro-centric dressage world on
notice that the game had indeed changed.
The pair then cruised into Peters native country of Germany and through the
CDIO Aachen achieving another first for the US: they swept Europes most
But it is the character of the 45-year-old German expatriate that makes it
so appropriate for him to take these honors back-to-back.
Tonight was very special, said Peters who rode at a horse show in California
this morning. Akiko made it possible (for me to be here). Last year I was in
Florida for a clinic so this year. Being able to be here and give credit to
Ravel, Akiko, Jerry and my wife Shannon. It certainly was an amazing year,
and I have to thank Ravel for that. I want to thank every single person who
voted for me.
Peters is the definition of a class act as a competitor, as a sportsman, as
a trainer and as an ambassador for his country. He joins Beezie Madden (who
won in 2005 and 2006) and the man who presented him with the award, USEF
President and 2000 Individual Olympic Gold Medalist, David OConnor, as the
only two-time winners of this highest honor (OConnor won in 2000 and 2002).
I have learned from people like my teammate Debbie McDonald that as you
become very successful, you always become more humble, said Peters.
It was an historic night for the sport of dressage, and after Peters was
recognized for his year of achievement, a woman who was a huge part of his
story in 2009 was honored for a lifetime of it.
Names like George Morris, Lowell Boomer, Don Burt and Jack LeGoff have been
bestowed the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award but until tonight there had
been a name missing from the list.
Jessica Ransehousen, the stalwart of the US Dressage program since arriving
on the scene as a competitor halfway through the last century, she has been
National Champion, a member of three Olympic Teams and a Pan American Games
Team as a rider, her influence since she left the saddle will resonate
throughout the sport forever.
Ransehousen (Unionville, PA) has been the Chef dEquipe for the US Dressage
riders at three Olympic Games, two World Championships and four Pan American
Games, steering the teams to Team Bronze at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic
Games and to Team and Individual Gold at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Ransehousens steadfast attention to detail, commitment to the sport and
unwavering determination have put her, rightfully, in the company of the
legends of the game.
David called me up and I wasnt there and I called him back and here I was
thinking there was something wrong, said Ransehousen. He said, Oh I am so
glad to get you on the phone -you won the Lifetime Achievement Award. And I
say, What for?And he says, Well you do deserve it.
She served as Chef dEquipe at both the 2009 FEI World Cup Final and the CDIO
Aachen, and was an integral part of making sure that Ravel and Peters path
to history was a smooth one.
2009 was a very special year for America, said Ransehousen after she
described the evolution of the sport in the United States.
The evidence was in the awards handed out over the past two days.
Before Ransehousens name joined the company of legends, everyone attending
the Pegasus dinner was assured that the future of the sport will be in good
hands when Maxance McManamy was honored as the USEF Junior Equestrian of
McManamy (Templeton, CA) won Team and Individual Gold medals at the 2009
Adequann Junior/Young Rider Championships in August with her horse Beacon
Hill, but she is a great ambassador, not only for the sport of eventing, but
for all those who call themselves Equestrians.
As invested in her top horses as she is in developing horses for the future
and giving back to a community and a sport that have defined her. She has
developed the Marcel Fortney Iron Horse award for the highest placing young
rider riding an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred in the US Eventing Associations
Area VI. Her goal is to expand it to the other nine Areas. She also
volunteers at a number of local charity events, developed a non-profit for
developing off-the track racehorses into sport horses and manages to
maintain a 4.0 GPA in her studies.
Complete list of the Equestrians of Honor is available here:
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2009 Pegasus Award winners.
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