Steffen Peters and Ravel Going Head to Head with Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero Thursday at Aachen

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

One of the most acclaimed dressage competitions in the world continues into the Fourth of July weekend at the Aachen CHIO. Representing the US in Dressage are Steffen Peters on Ravel and Catherine Haddad on Cadillac 35. Hot off their win at the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in April, Peters and Ravel are prepared to keep their impressive winning streak alive, having only ever been beaten at two competitions in their Grand Prix career – one was the 2008 Olympic Games where they finished fourth individually. While Peters beat the multiple freestyle Gold Medalist Anky Van Grunsven at the World Cup who competed Painted Black, it will be her Gold Medal horse Salinero, Peters and Ravel will be meeting since the Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

This will be only the second time 11-year-old Ravel (who is owned by Akiko Yamazaki) has competed outside of the United States. The absence of Isabelle Werth and Satchmo due to the unfortunate issue regarding her current suspension will be missed, and we will not see the latest Dutch sensation Totilas and Edward Gal, who have chosen Hickstead for their next outing.

Haddad, who is based in Germany, and her 12-year-old  rising star Cadillac have been steadily gaining momentum this season, winning the Grand Prix Special at the Vidauban CDI3*in June. This was the pair’s sixth Grand Prix victory in 2009. Haddad will also compete in the CDI4* with Maximus JSS. Chef d’Equipe Jessica Ransehousen will guide the US Dressage riders in Germany.

The Grand Prix for Dressage begins on Wednesday at 1PM (7AM EST in the US).