Steffen Peters Accepts Disqualification

When Steffen Peters (USA) left the arena at the Thomas & Mack Center with Legolas he did not know yet what would happen later: disqualification. The rider and his supporters were shocked. Legolas bled from his side. Everyone, who knows how Steffen Peters works with his horses, was able to appraise that this only could be an unfortunate accident, since the native-born German rider is one of the most sensitive riders in dressage. Correspondingly, Legolas’ owners fully support their rider. Dressage-news.com reports that Akiko Yamazaki explained: “We fully support today’s decision but at the same time feel Steffen’s pain. We feel nothing but praise and pride for his horsemanship and masterful riding which we all admire and which is Steffen’s signature.” Steffen Peters also explained he agreed with the decision: “There was no doubt that all FEI Stewards, Dr. Mike Tomlinson and the president of the ground jury, Lilo Fore made the correct decision. Legolas is a sensitive horse, that is why I ride him with a dull rounded end spur without rowels. I cannot explain when that happened and I feel terrible for Legolas. I feel guilty and extremely embarrassed. I want to apologize to Akiko and Jerry, our Federation and our friends and supporters. At the same time I feel proud of Legolas who did a wonderful job in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle.”