Brunello (Breeding Unknown) a 1998 Hanoverian gelding owned by Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd, was named National Horse of the Year at the USEF Year End Awards Gala. For years Brunello has been a star of the hunter ring. His signature style, consistent top finishes, and partnership with rider/co-owner Liza Boyd has made him a distinguished winner and fan favorite. They've been a fixture on the International Hunter Derby scene since the program's inception, and they earned their biggest win to date in August.
Having won International Hunter Derby classes in each the previous four months, the Camden Spring International Hunter Derby in March, Atlanta Spring International Hunter Derby in May, the Summer International Hunter Derby in June, and the BRCHS International Hunter Derby in July, the pair went into Lexington at the top of their game. After the Classic Hunter round Brunello and Boyd found themselves in second place, but one good Handy Hunter round away from a shot at winning. Their round was excellent, and with it they earned the 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
Brunello kept up the success in the fall with second-place finishes at the Jacksonville Finale International Hunter Derby and the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. "He such a special horse," said Boyd when hearing about Brunello's win, "I've had him since 2007 and every, every day he comes out and tries his heart out for me...he's the horse of a lifetime and he really, really deserves this award."
The video honoring Brunello at the USEF Year End Awards Gala is online on USEF Network.