U.S. Olympic Dressage Team in Fifth Place After First Half of Team Competition

Steffen Peters and Ravel (Photo: Diana DeRosa)
Steffen Peters and Ravel (Photo: Diana DeRosa)

Greenwich, UK - Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) returned to the Olympic Games with Ravel and proved that the 14-year-old KWPN gelding still has what it takes to be competitive at the highest level of the sport of dressage. Four years after they were fourth individually in Hong Kong at the 2008 Games, Peters and Ravel scored 77.705% in Greenwich Park's main arena to lead the U.S. Team to fifth place at the conclusion of the first half of the Team Competition. "I can't explain the feeling you get from Ravel when he's on but today was one of those days," said Peters. "I'm just thrilled that Ravel is still the same horse after all those years."

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro set the mark and lead the British effort as they look to win their first Team Gold in dressage. Their score of 83.663% was never in danger of being touched. Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival are second for The Netherlands on 81.687% and Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill are third for Germany...read more> 
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