Legolas is 2013 US Dressage Federation Horse of Year

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Steffen Peters and Legolas celebrating their second U.S. Grand Prix Championship. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas celebrating their second U.S. Grand Prix Championship. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 13, 2013–Legolas, the 11-year-old Westfale gelding ridden by Steffen Peters, on Friday was named Adequan/United States Dressage Federation Grand Prix Horse of the Year for the second straight year.

Legolas, owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, had a median score of 75.926 per cent to make him the top Grand Prix horse in the U.S.

Legalos was recognized at the annual awards banquet with a commemorative personalized plaque, embroidered cooler and $400 gift certificate from Dressage Extensions.

The horse, competed by Steffen of San Diego, California, also received the Colonel Thackeray Award and have his name engraved on a silver trophy permanently displayed in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Legolas was bought by Akiko from Performance Sales International’s Ullrich Kasselmann in 2011.

This year, the horse was competed in CDIs in California and Florida as well as Germany and the combination repeated as U.S. Grand Prix champion at the Festival of Champions in Kentucky.

“USDF is thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments during the 2013 competition season,” USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch said. “We also congratulate his owner Four Winds Farm, Akiko Yamazaki, his rider Steffen Peters, and the entire Legolas team.”

The U.S. Equestrian Federation, the national governing body, did not nominate either a dressage horse or rider for Horse of the Year or Equestrian of the Year awards.