Steffen Peters

Steffen Peters ( born September 18, 1964 in Wesel ) is an American dressage riders German origin.


From Germany to the United States

Steffen Peters grew up in Germany and began at the age of seven years with riding on a pony 's, with whom he appeared in his spare time, even at dressage shows. At sixteen, he received the horse Udon, where he many years later won the Olympic bronze medal.

In the stables of Johann Hinnemann in Voerde he started with the professional training, where he met the American trainer Laurie Falvo. This invited him to training in their riding stables in San Diego, where he was staying in the summer of 1984. After completing his military service in Germany, he moved to San Diego in 1985 final, he became an American citizen in 1992.


At the 1996 Summer Olympics he won on Udon with the U.S. dressage team the bronze medal, finishing in fourteenth place in the individual competition. At the 2004 Summer Olympics he participated in as a replacement rider for the U.S. team. At the World Equestrian Games 2006 he won team bronze and finished on Floriano fourth place in the individual standings.

In the riding competitions in Hong Kong as part of the 2008 Summer Olympics he was (together with Courtney King and Debbie McDonald ) once again part of the American dressage team, where he competed on Ravel as the last rider of the team competition (August 14 ). The team finished fourth. Five days later, Peters also reached the fourth place in the individual competition.

One of the biggest successes of his career, he celebrated the World Cup Final 2009 in Las Vegas. The media hailed as a great surprise, he won with Ravel in both the warm-up test ( Grand Prix de Dressage ) and in the decisive Grand Prix Freestyle and thus was World Cup winner 2008/2009. With the victories in Grand Prix, Grand Prix Spécial and in the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDIO 5 * in the context of the CHIO Aachen (all three with Ravel ) he was able to continue his winning streak.

In Appreciation event at the World Dressage Masters in Wellington (Florida ) in February 2010, he reached the second rank with Ravel, only Anky van Grunsven and Salinero achieved a better result in the Grand Prix Freestyle. To participation in the World Cup finals in 2010, for which he was pre-qualified as last year's winner, he resigned in order to prepare for the World Equestrian Games 2010 in Lexington ( Kentucky).

At the World Equestrian Games 2010 Peters won bronze with Ravel in the Grand Prix Spécial and in the Grand Prix Freestyle. He also came fourth with the team. Successful were high for Peter the Pan American Games 2011, where he won with the team the team standings ( a Prix St. Georges ) and the individual ranking (up Intermediare II) -. Both with Weltino 's Magic.

In August 2009, he finished in the ( horse related ) FEI World Ranking Dressage with Ravel second place. In January 2012, both of which are ranked 16th in the world rankings.


Steffen Peters is a multiple winner of the title " Equestrian of the Year " of the United States Equestrian Federation, this award was presented to him in some 2008, 2009 and 2011.