Field" Dressage Rider Of The Year Award - A Hat Trick For Anna
Senior Irish International rider, Anna Merveldt-Steffens from Ballymore
Eustace, Co Kildare is the winner of the prestigious "Irish
Field" Dressage Rider of the Year award for the third year
in a row.
The German based Merveldt-Steffens was the leading Irish rider at
the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. She had a storming finish
the 2002 season with top ten placings in Stuttgart and in the Grand
Prix at the Munich indoor show. On the first Sunday in December
riding Fosbury, a 15 year old Westphalian gelding owned
by her trainer Johann Hinnemann she won the Munich Grand Prix Speciale.
Third place in the Grand Prix class at the Milan Masters in Italy
a fortnight later set her up for a grand finale on her final international
outing in 2002 and she duly delivered scoring over 70% with Fosbury
for a clear cut victory in the €10,000 Milan Masters Grand
Prix Kur (Freestyle to Music) .
These performances saw the Irish rider move up 39 places in the
FEI/BCM World Dressage Rankings to 60th place at year end.
The awards are to be presented at a special lunch in Kingswood Country
House Hotel outside Dublin on Tuesday, February 4th 2003.