Ravel, a 14 year-old, dark bay, Dutch Warmblood gelding has awed crowds nationally, and internationally, since he entered the competition arena in 2008, with his rider Steffen Peters and will now enter into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame. Akiko Yamazaki and her husband, Jerry Yang, purchased Ravel in 2006 from Tim Coomans, Netherlands, with the goal of Ravel being Steffen's mount at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The pair went on to meet that goal, representing the U.S. at the Beijing Games and placing fourth individually. In 2009, Ravel and Peters took first at the Rolex FEI World Cup, beating out nine-time World Champion Anky van Grunsven. Later that same year, the pair went on to write history once more by placing first in all three tests at CDIO Aachen.
This was the first time an American combination had ever achieved this feat. Ravel's list of accomplishments also includes being named the 2009 USEF Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year; 2010 Chronicle of the Horse's Horse of the Year; 2009, 2010 and 2011 Adequan/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year; individual bronze medalist at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and competing in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Ravel will be inducted along with Olympian Micahel Poulin. USDF President George Williams said, “It is a real pleasure, this year, to be honoring two Olympians. One is a horseman and the other a horse. Even though their Olympic debuts were sixteen years apart, they have a lot in common. Not only were their contributions to the sport in the U.S. outstanding, but each of them had an impact on the international scene as well. Both continue to inspire us, as they have shown what can be achieved through hard work, talent and generosity."