Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel
Ravel was one of the most successful horses in American dressage, ridden by Steffen Peters in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, only the second U.S. combination to win the World Cup and the sole American to sweep the Aachen, Germany, CDIO, both in 2009. The record includes a slew of Grand Prix victories. Ravel retired in 2012 at the age of 14 after his second Olympics.
What Akiko has said about Ravel:
“I have never ridden Ravel but Steffen describes him as a horse with a lot of intelligence and pride. He also says he has the rare and best combination of having inner peace while being extremely sensitive. It always amazes me to see him so calm in the show while all of us around him have sweaty palms and racing hearts. He walks to the warm up arena without even flinching an ear. “
“I would like to thank Ravel’s supporters over the years. Steffen and Ravel are leaving us a wonderful legacy of harmony between horse and rider. I hope Ravel will be remembered not only for his great accomplishments over the years but also for his beautiful partnership with Steffen and their mutual respect.
It has been a privilege to call Ravel ‘my horse’ but he is really ‘His Majesty’ and is now living a gentleman’s life enjoying a few strolls through the hills and some gentle exercise to keep his body healthy. He is enjoying some grass time and holds court with plenty of admirers that bring him treats!”