Laura Graves Awarded USEF William C. Steinkraus Trophy

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Laura Graves and Verdades in the Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage.news.com
Laura Graves and Verdades in the Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage.news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Jan. 14, 2016–Laura Graves, the highest ranked American dressage rider in the world at No. 4, was awarded the William C. Steinkraus Trophy. She shared the honor with 2016 individual Olympic bronze medal event rider Phillip Dutton who was named Equestrian of the Year.

Laura, 29 years old of Geneva, Florida and the reigning American Grand Prix champion, was a member of last year’s U.S. Olympic bronze medal team and placed fourth in the Freestyle on her Verdades.

She won team gold and individual silver at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Parry Thomas, the owner of Olympic horses Brentina ridden by Debbie McDonald and Wizard ridden by Adrienne Lyle and deeply involved in equestrian sport in the United States, was awarded the Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit. Parry, a banker who is credited with development of Las Vegas, died last summer at the age of 95.