The bay Dutch Warmblood gelding Ravel created his indelible effect on the dressage world after winning 10 out of the 11 FEI classes he entered in 2009. Ridden by Steffen Peters, Ravel's historic win in the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the 2009 FEI Dressage Planet Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, created the U.S. entry the initial at any time to win the title on American soil in front of an enthusiastic home crowd of 7000. Owner Akiko Yamazaki of Four Winds Farm acquired the horse as an Olympic prospect in 2006. After investing most of 2007 recovering from damage, in his initial calendar year of Grand Prix stage dressage, he finished just out of the medals as the greatest-placed U.S. entry at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Then at the 2009 Planet Equestrian Pageant in Aachen, Germany, he was the initial U.S. entry, in the nearly eighty many years of history of the present, to sweep all a few assessments. Ravel and Peters finished out their spectacular calendar year with the greatest of honors. Peters was named US Equestrian Federation 2009 Equestrian of the 12 months for the 2nd calendar year in a row. Out of the 130,000 horses registered with the USEF, Ravel was voted USEF 2009 Horse of the 12 months. Ravel was also U.S. Dressage Federation Horse of the 12 months, KWPN-NA (Royal Dutch Warmblood) Horse of the 12 months and Chronicle of the Horse, Horse of the 12 months, inspiring his proud owner to call him a horse that "created a aspiration, she didn't even know could have, come correct!"
2009 EUEF Horse Of The Year
4th in Beijing Olympics
Won 10 out of 11 classes in 2009
Winner Grand Prix Dressage World Cup 2009
Partnered with Stephan Peters Equistrain of the year 2009