Be Sure to Vote For Steffen Peters and Ravel for Top US Honors


With the close of the 2009 competition year and in anticipation of the United States Equestrian Federation’s annual Pegasus Awards celebration in January, the USEF announced the candidates in line to become the coveted 2009 Equestrian of the Year. Dressage Champion Steffen Peters a USEF Equestrian of Honor is one of seven athletes in line for this award. Peter’s World Cup and Aachen Champion, Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel has also been nominated for the United States Equestrian Federation’s highest honor bestowed upon a horse – the Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year Award.

To Vote for Equestrian of the Year

Any USEF member may vote for the USEF Equestrian of the Year by visiting http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/eoty/Eoty.aspx.  Type in your USEF member number and access the nominee’s information and photo. Voting will end at midnight on January 8, 2010 (EDT).

To Vote for Horse Of the Year

Any USEF member may vote for the 2009 Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year by visiting http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/hoty/hoty.aspx.  Type in your USEF member number and access the nominee’s information and photo. Voting will end at midnight on January 8, 2010 (EDT). The William C. Steinkraus Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing or show jumping, and was awarded to Dressage rider Steffen Peters. Peters swept the 2009 FEI World Cup Finals for Dressage by winning both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle aboard Horse of the Year nominee Ravel. With a Freestyle score of 84.95 he became the first American to win the FEI World Cup on American soil. The pair repeated their performance at the CDIO Aachen in July by winning the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle.

But it is not just his record which makes him deserving of this honor. Steffen Peters exemplifies the ultimate is class and professionalism as a world class athlete representing the United States. He maintains a busy schedule teaching and training throughout the United States contributing his time to the US Developing Dressage clinics, and was the featured clinicial at the [#24910 override="Global Dressage Forum" title="Global Dressage Forum"] in the Netherlands this fall. Proceeds from “The Honoring Ravel” celebration hosted by Peters and Ravel’s owner Akiko Yamazaki benefited the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), a nonprofit that provides assistance for basic medical needs funding for those in the equestrian community suffering from catastrophic illness or injury.

More About Ravel
11-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Contango owned by Akiko Yamazaki

After winning the U.S. National Grand Prix Dressage Championship and coming within a fraction of standing atop the Olympic medal’s podium in 2008, Ravel returned to competition in 2009 and was determined to take no prisoners.  Not only did the horse, along with Equestrian of the Year nominee and rider Steffen Peters, win big, the duo set some new standards for the record books.

The pair became the first U.S. horse-and-rider to win the Rolex FEI World Cup on American soil in Las Vegas before a thunderous crowd of admirers, taking the win in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle Final. They were also the first Americans to sweep all three tests at the CDIO Five-Star in Aachen, Germany. These were just a few of the titles the dynamic duo scored, as well as titles at the Del Mar Classic CDI and the 2009 Bank CDI-W in Burbank, CA.

To Vote for Horse of the Year
Any USEF member may vote for the 2009 Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year by visiting http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/hoty/hoty.aspx.  Type in your USEF member number and access the nominee’s information and photo. Voting will end at midnight on January 8, 2010 (EDT).




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