Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dressage: Ravel Named Adequan/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year

Released by USDF
December 20, 2010

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) would like to congratulate the twelve-year-old, 16.3 hand, Dutch Warmblood gelding, Ravel, owned by Akiko Yamazaki of Woodside, California, and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, for being named 2010 Adequan/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year.  Ravel's median score of 78.542 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF's highest honor for the second year in a row. 

Ravel, represented by owner Akiko Yamazaki, was recognized at the 2010 Adequan/USDF Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet with a commemorative personalized plaque, an embroidered cooler and $400 gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions, and a gift certificate for Adequan joint therapy.  Also, Ravel is the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy to be on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame housed at the USDF National Education Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park.

"We are thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments this competition season, his owner Akiko Yamazaki, his rider Steffen Peters and the entire Ravel team," 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 at, or contact the USDF office at

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