Vote For U.S. Para-Dressage Athlete Annie Peavy To Be The First Equestrian To Win The AAU James E. Sullivan Award

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:59 AM
Annie Peavy is a finalist for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award. Photo by Taylor Pence.

U.S. para-dressage athlete Angela “Annie” Peavy has been named a finalist for the Amateur Athletic Union James E. Sullivan Award, which goes to an outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. This prestigious award has recognized the nation’s top amateur athletes annually since 1888, with the likes of famed individuals Wilma Rudolph (1960), Carl Lewis (1981), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1986), Peyton Manning (1997), Michael Phelps (2003), Shawn Johnson (2008) and Missy Franklin (2012) all honored previously.

“I am thrilled and honored to have made it to the finals,” said Peavy, of Wellington, Florida. “It is a privilege to be beside these amazing athletes. I want to thank everyone who helped me get this far and for the continued support. I have to mention my four-legged partners, Lance and Cocoa, and my amazing teammates.”

Peavy, a 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games participant (France) and 2016 Rio Paralympian, had stand-out success in the dressage ring in 2017, including a win in the Grade IV FEI Team Test and Individual Test, as well as second place in the Grade IV FEI freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI***. She and Royal Dark Chocolate, Rebecca Reno’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare, went on to win the Grade IV FEI Team Test and freestyle at the Bishop Burton CPEDI*** in Beverly, England.

Finishing out the year, Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate were named the overall national champions at the 2017 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The pair also helped the Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team earn top honors in the team competition.

Having represented her country on the Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team, Peavy illustrates leadership and sportsmanship. She has performed under extreme pressure and delivered great results in competition. Peavy cheers on her teammates and handles herself with grace, no matter the results.

“I could never have imagined that the little girl who started on a therapy pony (and just wanted to trot) now has a chance to be the first equestrian to win this prestigious award,” said Peavy’s father Ed Peavy. “We’re so proud of our daughter and for all the amazing Paralympic riders who are her friends and her teammates. Your votes are for all of them.”

Help Annie win the AAU James E. Sullivan Award by voting now through Thursday, March 29. Votes can be cast once a day through this link or tweeting and retweeting #Peavy4Sullivan on Twitter.

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