Articles: Horse News
Steffen Peters and Ravel Win Individual Bronze Medal
in Grand Prix Special
Steffen Peters and Ravel in the Grand Prix Special.
Photo by Shannon
Brinkman for USEF.
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by Jennifer Wood for USEF
Lexington, KY - The brilliant United States dressage duo, Steffen Peters of
San Diego, CA, and Ravel, owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki, won
the bronze medal at the FEI World Dressage Championship in the Grand Prix
Special. They received a score of 78.542%, the best Grand Prix Special score
that they have ever received. It was quite an accomplishment for Peters; an
American rider has never won an individual medal since the World Equestrian
Games began in 1990.
Peters was wiping away tears on the podium in the medal presentation,
knowing that this accomplishment was the culmination of many years of hard
"I have to be honest, I can tell you how many years, days, and hours it's
been since Hong Kong and I missed the bronze medal," he revealed. "My wife
knows how tough that was. I never admitted that and I tried to control
myself afterwards. That it finally happened today was huge. I had to wipe
away tears on the podium. I can't believe how lucky I am that Akiko
(Yamazaki) and Jerry (Yang) allow me to ride this horse. What he did was
unbelievable. There was certainly huge pressure for the team yesterday, and
there was just as much if not more today. When that happened, I was simply
Peters and Ravel, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Contango x Democraat, had a
third place finish yesterday in the Grand Prix, which helped the U.S. Team
finish fourth, and he was hoping to stay consistent for today's first
Steffen Peters and Ravel in the Grand Prix Special. Photo by Shannon
Brinkman for USEF.9-29 Steffen and Ravel GP Special
"It was a cleaner test today," he explained. "The amazing part is Ravel
still felt very, very strong. I didn't feel him one single bit tired. He was
still going for the extensions like he was yesterday. His passage felt
amazing. His strength is always the half-pass in trot. It worked out
beautifully, and I can't even tell you what I felt getting done with this
test and then having the crowd behind me. It was just an amazing
experience. I love it."
Peters' and Ravel's judge's scores were: E - Cara Whitham (CAN): 77.708%, H
- Stephen Clarke (GBR): 78.958%, C - Mary Seefried (AUS): 77.292%, M -
Maribel Alonso (MEX): 77.083%, B - Linda Zang (USA): 81.667%.
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Nartan, owned by Jane Clark, were the second
American duo to enter the arena for their Grand Prix Special test. They had
a good ride and the judges scored them with a total of 68.875%. They
finished in 19th place. The judge's scores were: E: 70.417%, H: 68.958%, C:
67.500%, M: 67.500%, B: 70.000%.
Bateson-Chandler said that she had a better feeling about today's Special
test. "To be honest, we concentrate 100% on the Grand Prix, so I haven't
gotten to practice the Special, and I haven't had my horse for long. I've
only done two other Specials with him. In that way, I'm not clean enough on
the test for my riding," she said.
"I am thrilled with my horse," Bateson-Chandler said of Nartan. "He's about
the most honest animal ever. That horse tried his heart out. I've never had
a ride like that where a horse was so honest and tried so hard. His
temperament is his biggest strength. He has a really super passage; I'm
working on getting it in the ring. It's feeling much, much better. He has
incredible extended canter; that always picks me up some points. He has an
incredible extended walk. The piaffes are getting better and better. He has
a lot of strengths!"
Tina Conyot and Calecto V, owned by Tina Konyot, scored 68.625% to finish in
20th place. Her scores from the judges were: E: 63.333%, H: 69.375%, C:
70.625%, M: 69.375%, B: 70.417%.
She said of her test today, "I was very, very happy actually. It was a very
nice ride. I lost a lot of points on my first passage where he was a little
bit skipping behind, but that's something that I created with that horse
when he didn't have any hind leg at all and since we're only into this Grand
Prix for the past year and a half - so we're quite green at it - we have
good Grand Prix and not so good Grand Prix. The opening of it was just not
very good, and after that it sort of evened out and got better and better. I
had a beautiful canter tour. I was very happy with that."
Konyot is a rare owner/rider, and she is proud of how she has brought
Calecto V along in the past four years. "He's my friend," she
remarked. "Nobody wanted him four years ago, and I made him. Today I made
him a champion, so I am very proud of that. It's a great honor to be riding
on the American team when you've created something that nobody thought
The top 15 riders from the Special will advance to Friday's Grand Prix
Freestyle competition; Peters and Ravel will be the only American
Peters noted, "Whatever happens in the freestyle, if it goes well, is going
to be icing on the cake even if it's not a good freestyle. I am so pleased
with the last couple of days - I am beside myself. Ravel made a little
history today, it's huge."
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for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.