Steffen Peters Headlines Robert Dover HorseMastership Week

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Steffen Peters securing another god medal for the United States at the Pan American Games last summer. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters securing another gold medal for the United States at the Pan American Games last summer. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Oct. 25, 2015–Steffen Peters, Olympic, World and Pan American Games medalist for the United States and World Cup champion, will headline the 2016 Robert Dover HorseMastership Week next January that will also feature Laura Graves in the fifth year of the event.

.“This will be by far the most exciting clinic to date,” Robert said of the event in its fifth year that brings a select group of Junior and Young Riders from across the country to the the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington Jan. 5-9.

“Our Juniors and Young riders need to be our future investment,” said Steffen of San Diego, California.

The lineup, in addition to Robert and Steffen, includes U.S, youth coaches George Williams and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker and Laura Graves, fifth individually at the 2014 World Games and Pan Am team gold and individual silver medalist.

Presenters include: Dr. Rick Mitchell, U.S. team veterinarian; Jane Savoie, international rider and author; Janet Foy, international judge; Laura King, sports psychologist and performance coach; Kenneth J. Braddick, editor of dressage-news.com; Charles Tota, owner of The Dressage Connection and Master Saddle Fitter; Endel Ots, who represented the U.S. at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany in 2015, and Kim Herslow, member of U.S. gold medal team at this summer’s Pan Ams.

Participants include riders: Alexander Dawson of  Kenosha, Wisconsin; Mikayla Frederick of Johnston, Iowa; Kristin Counterman of Ashburn, Virginia; Tillie Jones of Lincoln, Nebraska; Allison Nemeth of Flemington, New Jersey; Bebe Davis of Wellington; Natalie Pai of Middleburg, Virginia; Kerrigan Gluch of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Allie Hopkins of Dallas, Texas; Asia Rupert of Greenwich, Connecitcut; Claire McNulty of Holland, Michigan; Lilly Simons of Sharon, Connecticut; Cassidy Gallman of Poway, California; Molly Paris of Mint Hill, North Carolina; Anna Weniger of Apex, North Carolina; Nicholas Hansen of Catawissa, Pennsylvania; Lindsay Holleger of Whigham, Georgia and Allison Cyprus of Magnolia, Texas.

Auditors are Julia Barton of Kansas; Jessica Fan of Texas; Chloe Hatch pf Florida; Bug Karls of Colorado; Jordan Lockwood of Tennessee, and Kylie McKereghan or Oregon.

Mark Bellissimo and Equestrian Sport Productions, owners of the Global show grounds,  are prime sponsors as is the Van Kampen Foundation which is donating use of the covered arena for all riding sesseions.

Each rider will ride with one trainer on the first two days of the clinic, everyone will have the third day off, then ride with a second trainer the last two days. Additionally, one afternoon, the group will get a tour of Oded Shimoni’s Wellington barn and watch some training.

“These kids have worked hard to be eligible for this program,” said Dressage 4 Kids founder Lendon Gray. “They deserve to be exposed to the best of the best.”

Lessons and presentations are open to auditors all days at $30/a day; $20 for half day or $125 for the week.