“Ride of Lifetime” on Ravel Offered in USET Auction to Raise Funds for WEG Teams

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Steffen Peters waving to the crowd at the end of Ravel's last competition, the Olympic Games in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters waving to the crowd at the end of Ravel’s last competition, the Olympic Games in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 14, 2014–The Ride of a Lifetime on World Cup champion Ravel with instruction from Steffen Peters are among items to be auctioned at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s “Soiree du Cheval” at International Polo Club Jan. 24 to raise funds for American teams at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France this summer

Owner Akiko Yamazaki donated a 45-minute lesson by Steffen Peters with Ravel at the KWPN gelding’s home, Akiko’s Four Winds Farm in Woodside, California.

Ravel, now aged 15, was fourth individually at the 2008 Olympic Games, won the 2009 World Cup, the 2009 Aachen CDIO, two bronze medals at the 2010 WEG and twice was U.S. Grand Prix Dressage champion.

The ride on Ravel is one of several items to be auctioned at the event co-chaired by R. Bruce Duchossois, S. Tucker S. Johnson and Robin Parsky at the IPC in Wellington.

Bruce Duchossois has donated a VIP trip for two to see the 2014 Kentucky Derby from Skye Terrace Suite at Churchill Downs, including two nights at the historic luxury Brown Hotel.

A four-night, five-day Caribbean cruise for up to 10 people in five state rooms aboard “Lionshare,” a 130-foot luxury motor yacht, donated by the Roffman family. The seven-member crew includes a masseuse, diving instructor and award-winning chef.

Country music star and Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett is providing four VIP tickets to attend a concert of choice in 2014, including post-concert party reception as his guests.

Jack Wetzel has donated two passes to the final Sunday April 13 at The Masters golf tournament. The passes provide access to the entire golf course–except Members Only Club House–and private parking, a two-night stay in an apartment at H & D Farm in nearby Aiken, South Caroline, plus breakfast each day at the private Green Boundary Club in Aiken.

The USET Foundation is offering two A-level tickets to the Opening ceremony and a choice of dressage, eventing, reining, endurance or para-dressage and a deluxe room including breakfast and dinner for two at the Chateau La Cheneviere for the first week of WEG.

The Rock Creek Cattle Company is providing three nights for a foursome in a cottage at the luxury Montana ranch, a “members only” 30,000-acre historic working ranch that includes a private golf course.

Canadian Pacific and Jeannie and Hunter Harrison have donated a VIP package for four to the Spruce Meadows Masters $1.5 million CSIO5* Sept. 12-14, including round trip airfare within North America, four sky box tickets, Friday and Saturday night accommodation at the Fairmont Hotel in Calgary.

The USET’s most coveted honors, the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy and the Whitney Stone Cup, will be awarded at the foundation celebration.

For further information contact: Nancy Little, USET Foundation 908 234-1251, or nlittle@uset.org.