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Verdades Named Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year


Laura Graves USA: FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Laura Graves USA and Verdades (Photo FEI/Liz Gregg)

Laura Graves USA 2: FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Laura Graves of the United States on Verdades (Photo FEI/Martin Dokoupil)
Lexington, KY (December 7, 2018) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) would like to congratulate the sixteen-year-old, 17.1 hand, Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, owned and ridden by Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida, for being named 2018 Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year, for the second consecutive year. 
Verdades’ median score of 80.584 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF’s highest honor.    

Verdades was recognized at the 2018 Adequan®/USDF Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet with a commemorative personalized plaque, an embroidered cooler, and a  gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions.  Also, Verdades is the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy to be on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame housed at the USDF National Education Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“USDF is thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments during the 2018 competition season.  We also congratulate his owner and rider Laura Graves and the entire Verdades team,” stated USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch.

For more information about the Adequan®/USDF Horse of the Year awards or to access a list of past and current recipients, visit the USDF website at, or contact the USDF office at

In addition, Laura Graves and Verdades were nominated (Dec. 19, 2018) for the title of 2018 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equestrian and International Horse of the Year. 

The 2018 Equestrian and Horse of the Year will be awarded Thursday evening, January 10 at the Pegasus Awards dinner at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla. US Equestrian’s Pegasus Awards honor some of the great men and women of equestrian sport.

Verdades, affectionately known as Diddy, is owned by Laura Graves and Curt Maes.

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