Dressage superstar Verdades was named the 2018 International Horse of the Year at the 2019 USEF Annual Meeting. “Diddy,” the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda, by Goya) joins his rider, Laura Graves, on this special podium as she was named 2018 Equestrian of the Year earlier this week.
Lauren and Diddy, who is owned by the rider and Curt Maes, shared many accomplishments in 2018 including winning the Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in Paris, earning team silver at the FEI Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, and becoming the first U.S. pair to earn an individual silver medal at a global championship. In recognition of this, they also became the first American combinations to sit #1 on the FEI Dressage World Rankings. You can read even more about Diddy at this link.
There has been much celebration and discussion at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting this week in West Palm Beach, Florida. EN wasn’t in attendance this year, but we’ve been following along to make sure you don’t miss any of it. Read on for highlights from Friday and Saturday, and click here for our other recaps.
Highlights from Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12