Horse of the Year Award: 2013
Magnum's Red Baron
The 2013 Horse of the Year is Magnum's Red Baron, owned and ridden by Cathy Lefeber. This team had an exceptional year, with 19 finishes out of the 19 rides they entered. They covered all distances between 50 and 100 miles, with 13 Top Ten finishes and several Best Condition awards, in both one day rides and multi-day adventures. Such a record has also yielded Cathy and Baron 2nd place in the Featherweight Division of the West Region and third place in the National Standings for Pioneer Featherweights.
Baron has been described by others as "a very difficult horse to ride," and it has been stated that Cathy "tries hard to hold him back." Nonetheless, the sheer number of his successful rides this year, as well as his best conditioned awards, make it clear that Baron is up to the task of endurance, mile after mile after mile.