Steffen Peters was born (18 September 1964) in Wesel, Germany, and he marks as his good fortune to have trained and ridden a number of remarkable horses, reaching back to his teenage years in Germany when his father bought him a three-year-old KWPN gelding named Udon.
The two trained at Jo Hinnemann’s barn in Voerde, Germany, where Steffen met American trainer Laurie Falvo who invited him to work at her barn in San Diego in the summer of 1984. Captivated by the lifestyle and weather, Steffen made a life changing choice and moved to San Diego with Udon. He worked for others for five years, including Guenter Seidel, before going out on his own in 1991. In 1992 he became a U.S. citizen.
While riding in a clinic with the late Dr. Reiner Klimke, Steffen was spotted by Lila Kommerstad who would become his first sponsor, purchasing Udon from the Peters family. With the horse he had brought up from a three year old, Steffen saw his dream come true as they were honored to represent the U.S. in the Atlanta Olympics where they won team bronze.
Other great horses came into his life, including Akeena and Grandeur whom he rode in the 2002 World Cup and competed in the CHIO in Aachen. These two campaigners spent several years retired at Steffen’s barn. Steffen is a four-time Olympic dressage competitor and three-time USEF Horseman of the Year.
Steffen Peters won team bronze at the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games and in 2006 he and Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel performed their first ever Grand Prix. Steffen and Ravel represented the USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics coming in just out of the medals at fourth place.They won the 2009 World Cup Finals and at earned two bronze medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Steffen won team and individual gold at the 2011 Pan American Games with Weltino’s Magic (owned by Jen and Bruce Hlavacek).
Steffen has started 2015 very well with the talented Legolas 92 with wins in San Juan Capistrano, Burbank and Wellington.
His horse Legolas 92 (2002) is a Westphalian gelding by Laomedon x Florestan II owned by Akiko Yamazaki.
Arroyo Del Mar, 7070 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92130, USA. Mobile Steffen Peters +1 (0)619 994-5174,
|1||Palm Beach 2013 - Grand Prix||Legolas 92||75.149||3|
|2||Palm Beach 2012 - Grand Prix Freestyle||Ravel||83.700||1|
|3||Palm Beach 2012 - Grand Prix||Ravel||81.383||1|
|4||Palm Beach 2011 - Grand Prix Freestyle||Ravel||84.53||1|
|5||Palm Beach 2011 - Grand Prix||Ravel||80.87||1|
|6||Palm Beach 2010 - Grand Prix Freestyle||Ravel||81.70||2|
|7||Palm Beach 2010 - Grand Prix||Ravel||76.85||1|
|8||Palm Beach 2013 - Grand Prix Freestyle||Legolas 92||80,175||3|
|9||Munich 2015 - Grand Prix Freestyle||Legolas 92||80.350%||2|
|10||Munich 2015 - Grand Prix||Legolas 92||73.62%||3|
|Total prize money won:||€47 982|