Born: September 18, 1964
Hometown: San Diego, California
Most Recent Highlights:
Winner of the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2015 CDI4* Achleiten with Rosamunde
Third-place finish in the 2015 World Equestrian Festival Aachen's CDI5* Grand Prix with Legolas 92
2014 The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Champion with Legolas 92
Originally from Germany, Peters moved to the U.S. in 1985 and began riding for his adopted country in 1992. Since this time, Peters has represented the U.S. at numerous championships and earned many National Titles.
Steffen Peters celebrating a Bronze Medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)
Peters won his first Olympic medal, a Team Bronze, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games aboard Udon. He and Floriano were the alternates on the 2004 Athens Olympic team. In 2006, Peters and Floriano swept all three phases of competition at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship in Gladstone, N.J., landing them the anchor spot on the Bronze medal-winning team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games.
With Ravel, Peters amassed a remarkable record. Under Peters’ expert guidance, the Dutch Warmblood gelding went from strength to strength during their partnership. Ravel won every single competition he entered leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, including the 2008 USEF Selection Trials for Dressage. At the Olympic Games, he ended up fourth by the slimmest of margins, behind horses far more experienced. It was Ravel’s first competition outside the United States.
Ravel and Peters catapulted into 2009, winning the Grand Prix at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Wellington, Fla., with an impressive effort. At the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Ravel and Peters re-wrote history, beating out nine-time (and defending) World Cup champion Anky van Grunsven and Isabell Werth, to win both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle. In July, Ravel and Peters traveled to Germany for CDIO Aachen, where the pair won all three tests: the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Special, and the Grand Prix Freestyle. This impressive sweep marked the first time an American combination had ever achieved this feat.
In the fall of 2010 the pair was the anchor for the U.S. Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky. Peters collected the first Individual Championship medal of his career when he rode Ravel to the Bronze in the Grand Prix Special. Two nights later, Peters and Ravel put in another heroic effort to capture the Bronze again in the Freestyle.
Peters and Ravel started the 2011 season with a feat that had eluded them in the previous two years at the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI5* presented by International Polo Club. They were victorious in the Grand Prix, for a third consecutive year, and the following evening won the Freestyle after having been second the previous two years.
At the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, Peters dominated in the Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, and Prix St. Georges. With Ravel, Peters took home top honors in the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and Grand Prix Freestyle. He and Weltino’s Magic won the and the Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire I, and Intermediaire I Freestyle.
Peters partnered with Weltino’s Magic to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The pair performed beautifully, bringing home Team and Individual Gold Medals.
Peters competed on Legolas 92 in the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team, where the pair nearly swept the Grand Prix, winning three of the four classes and defending his 2011 Championship. Later that summer, Peters and Ravel traveled to London, where they participated in the 2012 Olympic Games for the United States, Ravel's final competition before retiring.
Peters kicked off 2013 by winning the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at The Dressage Affaire CDI3* with Legolas 92. The pair traveled east and won the Grand Prix at CDI5* Wellington, as well as finishing second in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Peters and Legolas tested out their partnership overseas and earned second-place finishes in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI4* Hagen. The pair then helped the U.S. team finish third in the CDIO5* Aachen, coming in fifth individually in the Grand Prix. Peters and Legolas 92 closed out the year by claiming top honors in The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship, Peters' seventh National title.
In 2014, Peters began the year with top placings yet again. He and Legolas 92 won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI-W. They continued their winning ways at the Festival of the Horse CDI3* by taking home top honors in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. Peters was on a roll at the 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp., winning The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship with Legolas 92, his eighth National Grand Prix title and third consecutive title with Legolas 92. For their efforts, Peters and Legolas 92 were named to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) U.S. Dressage Team. Peters also claimed the top two spots in The Dutta Corp./USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship with Rosamunde and Apassionata, respectively.
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 (SusanJStickle.com)
Peters traveled to Europe and maintained his top form as he prepared for the 2014 WEG. At CDI4* Fritzens-Schindlhof, he won the Intermediaire I and Prix St. Georges with Rosamunde and finished second in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92. Peters then traveled to CDI3* Verden with Legolas 92 and won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special. At the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Peters and Legolas 92 guided the U.S. team to a fourth-place finish, in addition to finishing in 10th in the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle.
Starting off 2015 in his usual fashion, Peters earned top placings with his horses.Traveling to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Peters won the CDI3* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with Rosamunde and was second in the CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92. Next up, Peters and Legolas 92 won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Mid-Winter Dressage CDI-W. He then took the Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W by storm, winning the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92, and finishing second in the Grand Prix and first in the Grand Prix Special with Rosamunde. During the Festival of the Horse CDI3*, Peters won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with Rosamunde. At the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final he and Legolas 92 were third in the Grand Prix.
Heading to Europe, Peters found much success at his first stop at München-Riem. In the CDI5* he and Legolas 92 were third in the Grand Prix and second in the Grand Prix Freestyle, while in the CDI3* he and Rosamunde were second in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. At the World Equestrian Festival Aachen, Peters and Legolas 92 were third in the CDI5* Grand Prix. At CDI4* Achleiten Peters and Rosamunde won the Grand Prix for Freestyle and the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Peters and his wife, Shannon, operate a busy training facility in the San Diego area.