Voting Closes Monday Night for USA Equestrian of Year & Horse of Year

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Laura Graves and Verdades. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves and Verdades. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Jan. 4, 2016–Voting closes at Monday night for United States Equestrian of the Year and Horse of the Year for which both Laura Graves and Verdades have been nominated.

To vote for Laura Graves as Equestrian of the Year go here

To vote for Verdades as Horse of the Year go here

Laura, 28 years old, of Plymouth, Florida and her Verdades claimed their first United States Grand Prix Championship in 2015 after competing for the U.S. team that won gold at the Pan American Games that secured a start for America at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer. The pair also won individual silver.

Laura and Verdades also competed at the World Cup Final for the first time when it was held in Las Vegas last April.

She is one of nine riders on the ballot for Equestrian of the Year.

Verdades is a 13-year-old KWPN gelding that Laura raised from a foal to become No. 15 in the world rankings.

Verdades (Florett AS x Goya) began his international Grand Prix career in Florida in February, 2014 and six months later was on the American team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The pair were fifth and the highest placed U.S. combination in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Verdades started in 12 international Grand Prix competitions in 2015–not counting the U.S. Grand Prix Championships that are a national competition but this year were run under FEI rules.

Verdades placed first seven times, second three times, fourth once and fifth once.

He is one of six horses nominated for Horse of the Year.