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USET Foundation Awards Equestrian Bowl National Dressage Championship Trophy to Steffen Peters and Lombardi II
Steffen Peters and Lombardi II, recipients of the USET Foundation's Equestrian Bowl for the
National Dressage Championship. (l-r) Shereen Fuqua of Collecting Gaits Farm; USEF Dressage Show Manager Pam Lane; Judge Hilda Gurney; USEF Managing Director of Dressage Gil Merrick; USEF Executive Director of Sports Programs Jim Wolf; owner Akiko
Yamazaki; Jeff Fuqua of Collecting Gaits Farm; and Festival Awards Manager Aileen Munro. PHOTO CREDIT: Susan J. Stickle.
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GLADSTONE, NJ - July 3, 2007 - For the second consecutive year and the third time in his career, Steffen Peters was the recipient of the USET Foundation's Equestrian Bowl for the National Dressage Championship. The USET
Foundation presents the trophy annually to the winner of the National Grand Prix Championship. The Franklin Mint donated the elegant Equestrian Bowl to the USET in 1978 and the first recipient was Edith Master.
Peters was presented with the
trophy at the 2007 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions presented by Paul Miller Auto Group, which was held June 14 through 17 at USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ.
At the Festival, Peters, 42, of San Diego,
CA, riding Lombardi II (Locato x Baroness X), a 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki, won the 2007 USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship with an overall score of 72.084% after three rounds of competition.
is my third championship here. It's always very, very special," Peters said. "This arena has so much history. It's always a great accomplishment to win here and certainly the girls [Courtney King and Kristina Harrison-Naness, 2nd and 3rd
respectively] gave me a good run for the money, especially today. For Lombardi, never really knowing that he would be a Grand Prix horse, I just am so excited about it and so is Akiko Yamazaki, the owner. It's just a really big thrill."
Peters earned the National Grand Prix Championship previously in 1995 with Udon, his mount for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and then won it again in 2006 with Floriano, his mount for the 2006 World Equestrian Games and the 2007 Rolex FEI World
Cup(TM) Dressage Final.
Peters and Lombardi II are currently competing at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO3* in Aachen, Germany, July 3-8.
Previous Recipients of the Equestrian Bowl
National Dressage Championship
Presented to the USET by the Franklin Mint
1988 Robert Dover
1989 Robert Dover
1990 Robert Dover
1992 Carol Lavell
1993 Michael Poulin
1994 Robert Dover
1995 Steffen Peters
1996 Michelle Gibson
1997 Shelly Francis
1998 Guenter Seidel
1999 Cherri Reiber
2001 Debbie McDonald
2002 Debbie McDonald
2003 Leslie Morse
2004 Robert Dover
2005 George Williams
2006 Steffen Peters
The non-profit United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the
competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. For more information about the USET
Foundation or to make a donation, please call (908) 234-1251 or visit its website at www.uset.org.
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