Steffen Peters, a three-time Olympic champion got his start riding as a young boy in Germany. At age 16, his father purchased Udon, the 3 year old KWPN gelding by Darling Boy. Peters and Udon trained with Jo Hinnemann's barn in Voerde, Germany. There, Peters met Lauie Falvo who invited Peters to work at her barn in San Diego in the summer of 1984. Steffen became a U.S. citizen in the early 90's and continues to reside in California, with his wife Shannon.
In 2004 Peters was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team with his horse Floriano. In 2005 the pair rode to victory in the group 1 CDIO Grand Prix at the famous Aachen. In 2006 this pair won help the U.S. team secure a bronze at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Peters and Floriano went on to many more successes.
Steffen and Akiko Yamazaki's Ravel have risen to the top of International Dressage competition. In 2009 Peters won the FEI Rolex World Cup finals, and went on to sweep the Grand Prix, the Special and the Freestyle at Aachen, which no American had been able to do previously. The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) named Ravel horse of the year for 2009. In 2010 Peters and Ravel represented the U.S. the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.