Dual Pan American Games gold medalist Steffen Peters is to share his talents with the showjumping world in a dressage demonstration at the US leg of the Longines Masters series in Los Angeles in October.
The Californian dressage rider will strut his stuff at 2pm on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. Peters will explain the sport, his approach, and his movements with the horse, and perform a Freestyle demonstration to give spectators an example of dressage competition.
“Though we both share our competition rings with equine athletes, dressage and showjumping are often considered completely separate,” Peters said.
“I am thrilled to be taking part in the Longines Masters of Los Angeles to show fans the balance, strength, flexibility and accuracy of this sport, and show that we are united by more than our mutual passion for these beautiful animals.”
Masters organiser and EEM Founder and CEO Christophe Ameeuw said EEM aimed to offer the best of the sport.
“With the addition of this program, we are delighted to welcome not only top-ranked international showjumpers, but also one of the most successful American dressage riders of our generation. We are thrilled that Steffen Peters will be joining us to shed light on this amazing sport to our public.”
Established in three of the biggest cities — Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong — the Longines Masters series is recognized by the FEI and is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions worldwide. Created by EEM, the concept of the Masters was born in 2009 with the first edition of the Gucci Paris Masters, now renamed the Longines Masters of Paris. Inspired by the Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, the circuit rapidly developed abroad, with the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in 2013 and the Longines Masters of Los Angeles in 2014.
The world’s best riders and horses will compete for $1 million in prize money at each leg of the series. In addition, any rider who consecutively wins the Longines Grand Prix in Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles will be rewarded with a €1 million Master Grand Slam Bonus. For two successive victories, the rider will be awarded €500,000, and winners of two non-successive victories within a series of three Longines Grand Prix will receive a €250,000 bonus.
Tickets to the Longines Masters of LA range from $39 to $129.