The 1998 Hanoverian gelding, co-owned by Janet Peterson and his trainer/rider Liza Towell Boyd, has been enjoying a career that equestrian fairytales are made of. A pair since he was imported from Belgium in 2007, Brunello and Boyd have been making waves in the International Hunter Derby world with their top-placing finishes. In early 2014, Brunello was named the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s National Horse of the Year after winning the USHJA International Hunter Derby for the second time.
In August 2015, at age 17, he and Boyd won the USHJA International Hunter Derby for the third consecutive time – and by their largest margin yet! And, Brunello was again named the 2015 National Horse of the Year by the USEF. The pair has been bringing a new level of excitement to the hunter ring, where at times the audience has gone silent to watch this athletic horse take jumps with incredible scope and composure. At an age where many top competitors are considering retirement, Brunello has made it clear that his age is only measuring his years of success!