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December 2009
Kripton named first Andalusian Finalist for USEF Horse of the Year!
Kripton-Seni II, our nine-year-old bay Andalusian stallion was been selected by USEF as one of five finalists for the 2009 Horse of the Year award. The winning horse will be selected by a vote of USEF members, and will be presented at the USEF Annual Meeting in January, 2010.

In 2009, the word "undefeated" became quite familiar to this multi-talented horse as he swept several divisions in the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association’s regional and national levels. And it was at the IALHA Nationals that the stallion was honored as the High-Point Andalusian for the entire competition, having stood alongside horses from not only around the country, but the world.

The IALHA National Championship Show provided the year’s final platform for Kripton-Seni II to show his skills in Hunt Seat, Western Pleasure and Dressage Hack in the amateur, vintage and open divisions. He finished the competition with one National Grand Champion, four National Champion and two Reserve National Championship titles. It is no wonder that last year, this stallion was voted 2008 IALHA Purebred Andalusian of the Year by the IALHA Show Committee.

Excellence in equestrian sport does not come easy. It takes an amazing sense of dedication, incredible skill and a courageous heart. And in 2009, five horses (and their riders, drivers and handlers) have shown the world exactly those qualities. For each of them, their hard work and brilliant talent has garnered them a nomination for the United States Equestrian Federation’s highest honor bestowed upon a horse – the Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year Award.

Kripton-Seni and the other nominees represent the breadth of the Federation’s breeds and disciplines well. They will join the pantheon of past winners of this prestigious award: driving horse Jamaica (2008); event pony Teddy O’Connor (2007); jumping horse Authentic (2006); and dressage horse Brentina (2005).

This year’s awards will be presented during the 2009 Horse of the Year celebration as a part of the USEF’s Annual Meeting. The gala will take place at the Downtown Marriott Louisville on January 15.

Any USEF member may vote for the 2009 Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year by visiting . Type in your USEF member number and access the nominee’s information and photo. Voting will end at midnight on January 8, 2010 (EDT).

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