Fans Select Equine Award Winners
Mighty Nice, who won an individual bronze medal in eventing at the Rio Olympics with rider Phillip Dutton, was named International Horse of the Year and Catch Me, a champion hunter at several top shows in 2016, received the title National Horse of the Year during the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Horse of the Year Awards Gala, held Jan. 14 in Lexington, Kentucky. The two horses earned their honors via a voting process that was open to the public through the month of January.
Together with Dutton, Mighty Nice (also known as Happy) placed fourth in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI**** and The Fork CIC***. A 2004 ISH gelding (Ard Ohio x Sarazen/Unknown), he is owned by the HnD Group.
Catch Me (also known as Snoopy) is a 2007 Holsteiner gelding (Casiro x Wonnie/Chagallo) owned by David and Becky Gochman. He won multiple championships at major indoor events in 2015 after overcoming botulism, a life-threatening neurological disease. In 2016 he won the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, which was also a first for his rider Scott Stewart. Snoopy concluded his show season with champion titles at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show and CP National Horse Show.
International Horse of the Year Mighty Nice
National Horse of the Year Catch Me