Finally Farm is thrilled to announce that Brunello, owned by Liza Boyd and Janet Peterson, has been nominated for the 2013 USEF Horse of the Year!
Brunello is one of six champions who have earned their places on the elite list as USEF Horses of Honor, and each will be recognized at the USEF Year-End Awards Gala in January, part of the USEF Annual Meeting, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, Ky.
Additionally, each USEF Horse of Honor will be inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame at the Equus Fête Cheval Étoile on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, in Wellington, Fla.
From the USEF press release released on December 11:
Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd's Brunello has been turning heads in the hunter ring with his signature style and consistent top placings for years. With Boyd in the tack, the pair has been a fixture in International Hunter Derby competitions since the program's inception and scored their biggest victory in August when they topped the 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in Lexington, Ky. They headed into Saturday standing in second place and proceeded to lay down an exceptional Handy Round to claim the largest win of their illustrious career.
With their win in Lexington, Brunello and Boyd notched their fifth International Hunter Derby win in as many months. Their run began in April when they claimed top honors in the Camden Spring International Hunter Derby and continued into May with a win in the Atlanta Spring International Hunter Derby. In June they again won in Atlanta, topping the Summer International Hunter Derby, and in July they headed the field in the BRCHS International Hunter Derby. Brunello's success was not just a spring and summer matter, as he was second in the Jacksonville Finale International Hunter Derby before placing second in the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.
Two of the six nominated horses will be honored as the overall 2013 USEF Horse of the Year, a mark of distinction that will last a lifetime. We hope you'll vote for Brunello! Please click here to access the voting page. Voting will end at Midnight [ET] on Monday, December 30, 2013.