USA Riders & Horses Named for Holland Olympic Observation Event, Includes Steffen Peters & Günter Seidel
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May 24, 2016
Californians Steffen Peters on Legolas and Rosamunde and Günter Seidel on Zero Gravity will compete for the first time in the American Olympic selection trials in Europe at the CDI4* in Roosendaal, Netherlands next week.
Steffen and Günter will join Laura Graves on Verdades and Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock at the second of three European observation events to lead to selection of The Dutta Corp. team to go to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Laura competed Verdades on the victorious CDIO5* Nations Cup team and Tuny placed third in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special at Compiègne, France last week.
The lineup for Roosendaal:
Steffen Peters, 51, of San Diego, California and Rosamunde, nine-year-old Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x Fidermark) owned by Four Winds Farm. WR: 17 USA Olympic Ranking: 2
Steffen Peters and Legolas, 14-year-old Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Florestan II) owned by Four Winds Farm. WR: 8 USA OR: 3
Career highlights: 1996 (team bronze), 2008, 2012 Olympic Games; 2006 (team bronze), 2010 (2 individual bronzes), 2014 World Equestrian Games; 2002, 2007 2009 (winner), 2015 World Cup Finals; 2011 (team and individual golds), 2015 (team and individual golds) Pan American Games; record seven-time U.S. Grand Prix champion.
Günter Seidel, 55, of Cardiff, California and Zero Gravity, 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Royal Hit x Contango) owned by James and Charlotte Mashburn. WR: 78 USA OR: 9
Career highlights: 1996 (team bronze), 2000 (team bronze), 2004 (team bronze) Olympics; 1998, 2002 (team silver), 2006 (team bronze) World Games; 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016 World Cup Finals.
Laura Graves, 28 years old of Plymouth, Florida and Verdades, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Goya). World Ranking: 13 USA Olympic Ranking :1
Career highlights: 2014 World Equestrian Games; 2015 World Cup Final; 2015 (team gold, individual silver) Pan American Games; 2015 U.S. Grand Prix champion.
Arlene Page, 59, of Wellington, Florida and Woodstock, her 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Havel x Contango). WR: 52 USA OR: 8
Career highlights: 2006 World Cup Final; 2013 Hickstead, 2015 Rotterdam & Hagen, 2016 Wellington Nations Cups.
Four combinations plus a reserve will be named to the Olympic team after the CDIO5* Nations Cup/CDI3* at Rotterdam
The Americans are based in Retie, Belgium.