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

For Immediate Release
Friday, December 7, 2018

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

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