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U.S. Dressage Team’s Steffen Peters Claims Olympic Team Bronze Medal in a Custom Saddle

U.S. Dressage Team’s Steffen Peters Claims Olympic Team Bronze Medal in a Custom Saddle
Posted on: September 2, 2016    Category  Press releases

We're proud of Steffen Peters and Team USA!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (August 31, 2016) – Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider (MRV) Steffen Peters proudly stepped onto the podium at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to accept the Dressage Team Bronze medal with the rest of the U.S. Team. Custom Saddlery is beaming with pride for both Peters and the team as a whole, as this was the first Olympic medal the United States Dressage Team has earned since 2004. Custom Saddlery, the Official Saddle of the United States Dressage Team, is happy to supply top riders like Peters with just the right saddle for medal-earning rides. Peters has been riding in Custom Saddlery saddles for over a decade, and rides his Olympic mount Legolas 92, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding (Laomedon x Fustin, Florestan II) owned by Four Winds Farm, in the Custom Revolution model. 

The four-time Olympic veteran and Legolas 92 helped teammates Allison Brock, Laura Graves, and Kasey Perry-Glass make history for their country. As the only Olympic veteran on the team, Peters of San Diego, California rode an accurate, flowing Grand Prix test with Legolas to score a 77.614 percent, one of the pair’s best marks to date in the Grand Prix. They went into the Grand Prix Special in third place, where they earned a 74.622 percent. Combined with the scores of the other U.S. Team members from the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special, the United States tallied a final score of 76.667 percent to earn Peters and Legolas their second Bronze medal. The pair also qualified for the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle, where they were first to go and earned a 79.393 percent.

As the Official Saddle of the United States Dressage Team, Custom Saddlery is not only proud to support top athletes like Peters, but also to encourage rising dressage stars. When the Olympic Dressage competitions came to a close, the company headed to Wayne, Illinois to award new Custom Saddlery saddles to four National Champions at the 2016 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions and Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center on Aug 24-28. Custom Saddlery MVR Anna Buffini (who won the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today), Barbara Davis (the AGCO/ USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship winner), Jenna Upchurch (the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship winner), and Julia Barton (the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship winner) were each awarded a new Custom Saddlery saddle. 

Custom Saddlery is proud to support the current and future stars of U.S. Dressage, and is committed to designing, producing, and fitting high-quality, customized saddles that are perfect matches for dressage riders and their horses. Custom Saddlery is poised to help riders of all levels meet their performance and comfort needs with more than 20 Custom saddle models to choose from, a nationwide team of saddle fitters, and a 10-day free trial program. For more information about Custom Saddlery and its range of saddle models, visit or call 1-800-235-3865.

Photo: Custom Saddlery MVR Steffen Peters took home a 2016 Olympic Games Team Bronze medal (Photo courtesy of USEF/Shannon Brinkman)