When Steffen Peters was a 16-year-old growing up in his native country of Germany, his father bought him a three-year-old Dutch Warmblood named Udon to train and compete. Little did he know then that Udon would take him to the top of the international dressage world! When Steffen got the chance to ride and work at a barn in San Diego, Calif., he jumped at the chance. He loved the sunny weather and lifestyle so much that he packed up his tack—and Udon—and returned to the United States.
Steffen became a United States citizen in 1992 and two years later, he and Udon represented their adopted country at the Atlanta Olympics and won a team bronze medal.
Steffen was also a member of the United States team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China, but this time he rode Ravel, a jet-black Dutch Warmblood. They finished fourth in the individual dressage competition and were fourth in the team competition.
In 2009, Steffen and Ravel won the FEI World Cup grand Prix Freestyle Final in Los Vegas, Nev. The pair rode to music from the Rolling Stones, Men without Hats and Coldplay!
Watch out to see if Steffen and Ravel are selected to compete at the World Equestrian Games!