Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Birthday: 9/18/1964 Sport/Disciplines: Dressage Olympic Years: 1996, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
Born in Wesel, Germany, Steffen Peters came to the United States in 1984 to work for trainer Laurie Falvo in San Diego. Southern California was a good fit for Peters, and he made the decision to stay, and became a U.S. citizen in 1992. He has been one of the country’s top international dressage competitors ever since, having represented the U.S. at four Olympic Games, four FEI World Equestrian Games, and two Pan American games.
Peters rode his KWPN gelding, Udon, to team bronze in his first Olympic outing in 1996. With Legolas 92, he won team and individual gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and team bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With his longtime mount, Ravel, the KWPN gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki, he won the FEI World Cup in 2009 and individual bronze at the 2010 WEG in Lexington. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with three USEF Equestrian of the Year titles, in 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Peters has built a phenomenal record with his current top horse, Suppenkasper, a KWPN gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm. They were undefeated in 2020 through the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla., and the CDI3* at Desert Dressage in Thermal, Calif. The pair kicked off 2021 in the same winning fashion, winning the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special CDI4* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) week 3 and the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5* at AGDF 7. Peters and Suppenkasper collected personal best scores of 77.696% in the FEI Grand Prix 79.532% in the FEI Grand Prix Special at the U.S. Dressage Mandatory Observation Event.
Peters and his wife Shannon, a U.S. Dressage Federation bronze, silver, and gold medalist and three-time National Championships competitor, operate SPeters Dressage out of Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego, California.