Steffen Peters Hospitalized with Pneumonia, Pleurisy Out of Aachan Nations Cup

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Steffen Peters and Legolas  producing their best result outside California.  2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas producing their best result outside California. 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 14, 2014–Steffen Peters, the Unted States champion on Legolas, has been hospitalized with pneumonia and pleurisy and withdrawn from the Nations Cup and other competitions at the World Equestrian Festival.

The U.S. team for the Nations Cup will be all women–Laura Graves and Verdades, Adrienne Lyle and Wizard, Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O and Tina Koyot and Calecto V.

“Being the great competitor that he is Steffen wanted to get ut of the hospital and come here to compete,” said Robert Dover, the officia dressage team leader.

“However, we need to make sure he is well for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.”

Steffen of San Diego, California and Legolas were already assured of a place on the American team for the world championships at Normandy, as is Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Verdades who filled the top slots at the U.S. championships a month ago.

Laura Graves riding Verdades into the newly extended Deutsche Bank dressage stadium at Aachen, Germany. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves riding Verdades into the newly extended Deutsche Bank dressage stadium at Aachen, Germany. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen competed Legolas, a 12-year-old Westfalen gelding, at Fritzens, Austria CDI4*, the first of two selection trials for the squad of eight horses and riders.

He was entered on both Legolas in the Nations Cup and in the small tour on Rosamunde, the spectacular seven-year-old Rhineland mare that was bought by Akiko Yamazaki as a prospective successor to Legolas and the now retired Ravel.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and his Olympic mount Rafalca were pulled out of the Aachen CDI4* on Sunday.

Robert Dover, U.S. team leader, working with Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Robert Dover, U.S. team leader, working with Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The lineup of Americans for Aachen is:

CDIO5*

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V, a 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion she cmpeted on U.S. teams at the 2010 WEG and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho and Wizard, a 1999 Oldenburg gelding she competed for the U.S. at the London Games.

Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Florida and Her Highness O, a 2003 Hanoverian mare that she competed in the small tour at Aachen a year ago.

CDI4*

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding.

Lisa Wilcox also of Loxahatchee and Denzello, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding.

Kathleen Raine of Murrieta, California and Breanna, a 2000 Hanoverian mare. Kathleen placed ninth at the U.S. championships and was already in Europe.