Ravel Named U.S. Dressage Horse of the Year

Dutch Warmblood gelding Ravel, owned by Akiko Yamazaki of Woodside, Calif., and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, Calif., was named the 2009 Adequan/U.S. Dressage Federation Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Ravel's median score of 75.574% made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF's highest honor.

Ravel was recognized at the 2009 Adequan/USDF Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet with a certificate, a commemorative personalized plaque, an embroidered cooler, a $400 gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions, and a gift certificate for Adequan joint therapy. Ravel is also the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Horse Park.

"We are thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments this competition season, and look forward to his future successes," stated USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch.

For more information about the Adequan/USDF Horse of the Year awards or to access a list of past and current recipients, visit the USDF Web site.

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