Kappler Named Equestrian Of The Year
Kappler, 36, of Pittstown, NJ, has been named as U.S. Equestrians
2003 Equestrian of the Year. Kappler was chosen from a group of
six of the nations most distinguished athletes that were bestowed
the title of Equestrians of Honor.
and Royal Kaliber (Dutch Warmblood: Ramiro Fiedonja, by Voltaire),
the 12-year-old stallion he co-owns with Kathleen Kamine, won the
individual silver and were members of the gold medal winning team
at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santa Domingo. The pair racked
up many wins during the 2003 competition year including the $200,000
Budweiser American Invitational and the $150,000 Budweiser AGA Grand
Prix making Royal Kaliber the Open Jumper of the Year in the U.S.
Equestrian Horse of the Year race.
Equestrian of the Year award is presented to the individual who
has excelled above all others in equestrian competition for
the current year, while demonstrating superior sportsmanship and
dedication to the principles, vision, and mission of U.S. Equestrian.
The winner is determined by vote of the general membership, U.S.
Equestrian Board of Directors and equestrian media.
was presented with the Robert P. Strub Trophy at the Pegasus Awards
Dinner, January 16, 2004 during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting
at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Las Angeles, CA.