USDF Episode 138: Olympic Review/Steffen Peters and Robert Dover

August 31, 2016

This week we catch up with US Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover and four-time Olympic rider Steffen Peters as they talk about their Team Bronze medal and experiences at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Steffen Peters, San Diego, CA, was born in Wesel, Germany. In 1984 Peters met American trainer Laurie Falvo who invited him to work at her barn in San Diego. Since that time, he has represented the U.S. at numerous championships and earned many national titles. Peters won his first Olympic medal, a Team Bronze, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games aboard Udon. He and Floriano were the alternates on the 2004 Athens Olympic team. In 2006, Peters and Floriano were the anchor on the Bronze medal-winning team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. Steffen has also been a featured presenter at the USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference.

RobertDover, Wellington, FL, competed in his first Olympics in 1984. He competed in every summer Games between 1984 and 2004, winning four Team Bronze medals. He also took a team bronze at the 1994 World Equestrian Games. Dover is the most honored dressage rider in the United States, and has been inducted to the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame. In April 2013, Dover was named Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe for the US national dressage team. Dover founded the Equestrian Aid Foundation in 1996 to assist others in the equestrian world.

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USDF Episode 137: Olympic results/NAJYRC/Sport Horse Youth Seminars

August 17, 2016

In this episode, we recap the 2016 Rio Dressage Olympic results; we get to know the 2016 USDF North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage Championship presented by Gotham North triple Gold Medal winner Nicholas Hansen and hear from Erin Bell, Colin Gaffney, and Noel Williams; three young USDF members who attended both of the new USDF Sport Horse Youth Programs.

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USDF Episode 136: 2016 Rio Olympic Games Special Edition

August 10, 2016

In this special episode, get to know Olympic athlete Laura Graves and Paralympic athlete Rebecca Hart.

Laura Graves, Geneva,FL, abandoned her career as a hairstylist to turn her unruly horse, Verdades, known as Diddy, into a dressage superstar. Chosen as a foal by her mother from a video, Graves advanced him up the levels herself with the guidance of several top trainers. Together Laura and Verdades won Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games. Since then they have placed in the top FEI competitions and will be an exciting pair to watch.

Rebecca Hart, Unionville, PA, has represented the U.S. at several international events, including the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she paired with her new mount, Schroeters Romani. They placed seventh in each of their three tests at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and won back-to-back USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Hart is a seven-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion.

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USDF Episode 135: Clinic on Clinic/Advice to Young Dressage Trainers

August 3, 2016

This week Natalie DeFee Mendik joins us to talk about her USDF Connection series "Clinic on Clinics" and we hear part one of a three part series with USEF Young Horse Coach, Christine Traurig. In this episode,Christine talks about how she became involved with training young horses and gives advice to young dressage trainers. Listen in...

Natalie DeFee Mendik, Castle Rock, CO, is a multiple American Horse Publications editorial and graphics awards winner specializing in equestrian media. She holds an MA in English from Colorado State University, an International Federation of Journalists' International press card, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. Natalie is a USDF Bronze Medalist.

Christine Traurig, Carlsbad, CA, is the current United States Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Coach. In 2000, she was part of the United States Dressage Team at the Sydney Olympics, that won the Team Bronze Medal. Also in 2000, Christine was named the US Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year. Christine is a USDF Honorary Instructor.

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