Dressage Rider Steffen Peters Honored as the 2008 Equestrian of the Year For His Incredible Achievement and Contribution To the Sport
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Ravel is reasonably inexperienced, 2008 was his first year at the highest level of the sport, but under Peters’ tutelage he was undefeated leading up to the Olympic Games, including winning the USEF Selection Trials for Dressage. “He is my very best friend,” said Peters of Ravel. “What he did for me in Hong Kong was unbelievable. He certainly deserves most of the credit.”
Peters commitment to the sport and integrity under pressure is exemplary. He turned from athlete to super fan in Hong Kong once the dressage finished and stayed to watch and celebrate show jumping’s Team Gold.
Peters (who also won the William C. Steinkraus Trophy), despite every ounce of effort was conducting a dressage symposium and logistics made it impossible for him to be two places at once. He was seriously disappointed to miss the celebration in his honor but his character shown through in a video clip sent from Florida.
“To win the Equestrian of the Year award was a huge honor,” said Peters. “Especially when you look at the other people who have won this award.”