Steffen Peters is Dressage Nominee for US Equestrian of Year

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Steffen Peters on Weltino's Magic in the victory gallop at the Pan American Games. © 2011 Ken Braddick/

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 15–Steffen Peters is the dressage nominee as one of eight named as a candidate for the U.S. Equestrian of the Year.

Steffen of  San Diego, California, was nominated for the William C. Steinkraus Trophy to be presented to an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing, or show jumping.

The winner is determined by vote of members for the awards to be presented at the annual USEF meeting on Jan. 14.

The official nomination said that Steffen:

 “Continues to forge his place in equestrian history. Not only did he break records all year with Weltino’s Magic and culminated an undefeated season with a double gold medal-winning effort at the Pan American Games–he also scored the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach title with Ravel. He led Team USA to a sweep of all the medals at the 2011 Pan American Games, after winning in California, Germany and New Jersey with Weltino’s Magic. He was undefeated with the horse and broke the
80% mark. He took on the best small tour horses in the world at CHIO Aachen in Germany and left them all in his wake. Peters won two Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage National Championships in 2011–scoring again with Weltino’s Magic at the Intermediaire I level and Ravel in the Grand Prix. He won all six classes at Gladstone over that weekend. Ravel won eight of 11 classes he contested in 2011, he was undefeated in the U.S. and was never out of the top five at CHIO Aachen, including a second-place finish in the Freestyle.”

Steffen won the William C. Steinkraus Trophy in 2008 and 2009.

Other nominees are:

–Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, for Combined Driving;

–Karen Waldron of Shawsville, Virginia, for Saddlebred/Hackney/Friesian;

–Scott Stewart of Flemington, New Jersey for Hunter;

–Debbie Foley of Louisville, Kentucky, for Saddlebred;

–Janice Giles of Pleasureville, Kentucky for Friesian / Saddlebred;

–Steven Stiller of  Elkhorn, Wisconsin for Andalusian/Lusitano/Friesian,and

–Danielle Barrasso of Chicopee, Massachusetts for Arabian/Friesian.

USEF members can vote at:> until midnght Jan. 2.