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Verdades Named USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year


Lexington, KY (December 6, 2017) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) congratulates the fifteen-year-old, 17.1 hand, Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, owned and ridden by Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida, for being named 2017 USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Verdades’ median score of 79.940 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 2017 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 2017 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 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

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