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German Rider Wins Grand Prix for the U.S. Equestrian Team
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German Rider Wins Grand Prix for the U.S. Equestrian Team

Steffen Peters, the German-born rider who competes for the U.S. equestrian team, had another big performance this week. The German rider has just won the CDI4 Grand Prix in Leudelange, Luxembourg. 

Riding his 10-year-old KWPN gelding Suppenkasper (Spielberg), Steffen Peters has managed to seize the top place in the European grand prix. The two scored a whopping 74,239 percent. Denmark’s Victoria E. Vallentin and London Swing took the second place, scoring 70,696 percent.

The two were followed by American rider Olivia Lagoy-Weltz and Lonoir, who settled for the third place with a score of 70,565 percent. Luxembourg’s Nicolas Wagner and Quarter Back Junior took the fourth place, while Belgium’s Fanny Verliefden finished fifth with Rubin Royal.

About Steffen Peters and his horses

Born in Wesel, Germany, Steffen Peters is a German-born equestrian who competes for the U.S. equestrian team in the dressage competition. Peters has already competed in four Olympic Games, where he won team bronze medals for two events (1996 and 2016). Peters made his first big break when he competed and won his first Olympic medal with the US dressage team at the 1996 Summer Olympics Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 53-year-old rider has also competed and won in numerous other international competitions. These include the 2006 World Equestrian Games, 2010 World Equestrian Games, and the 2011 and 2015 Pan Am Games. He won a team bronze medal at 2006 World Equestrian Games and two individual bronze medals at 2010 World Equestrian Games. Additionally, he also won individual and team gold medals at both 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

In addition to big wins, Peters also received major equestrian awards for his impressive performances. In 2009, the U.S. equestrian magazine the Chronicle of the Horse named Peters and horse Ravel Horse and Horseman of the Year. At the same time, the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) also awarded the Dutch Warmblood gelding Ravel the Horse of the Year award.

After over 40 Grand Prix wins, Peters has decided to retire Ravel from the competition. Ravel was inducted into the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame after his retirement from competition. Peters’ other main competition horses, Westphalian gelding Legolas and Rheinlander mare Rosamunde, have also scored huge victories.

Peters is the first rider to receive the USEF Equestrian of the Year award three times. Peters has won the prestigious USEF award in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

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