Led by three-time Olympian and 1996 Olympic team bronze medalist Steffen Peters, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team will feature three first-time Olympians.
Peters, who will compete aboard Legolas 92, earns his fourth Olympic team selection after competing in 1996, 2008 and 2012. He will be joined by Allison Brock with Rosevelt, Laura Graves with Verdades, and Kasey Perry-Glass with Dublet, all of whom will make their Olympic debut Aug. 8 when dressage competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begins.
Allison Brock with Rosevelt
Born and raised in Hawaii, Brock, 36, moved to the mainland in 1996 to pursue her dreams of riding dressage. She developed her competitive foundation under Sue Blinks, accompanying the Olympian to the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games. Currently ranked No. 34 in the world with Rosevelt, in February she earned fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the CDI5* in the FEI Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida, then added a sixth-place effort at the Grand Prix Ville de Compiègne, France, in May.
Laura Graves with Verdades
A former cosmetologist who transitioned into riding to bring her horse Verdades along, Graves has become one of the top dressage riders in the world. Currently ranked No. 13, she won individual silver and team gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She finished fifth individually and fourth in team competition at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, following that with a fourth-place finish at the 2015 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. She earns her first Olympic team selection less than a month away from her 29th birthday.
Kasey Perry-Glass with Dublet
Perry-Glass, 28, began riding at the age of 5 when she joined her sisters and mother at a small northern California farm. She soon discovered eventing and developed under the wings of Olympians Gina Miles and Debbie McDonald, among others. Moving into CDI5* competition this year, she earned her first 5* grand prix victory during the Nations Cup in May in Compiègne, France, and is currently is ranked No. 24 in the world.
Steffen Peters with Legolas 92
Born in Wesel, Germany, Peters emigrated to the United States in 1985, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1992. Four years later his rode in the first of three Olympic Games, helping his new nation to the team bronze medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. He also represented the United States in Beijing in 2008, placing fourth, and in London, scoring sixth in team competition. Peters, 52, won both individual and team gold medals at the past two Pan American Games. He and Legolas 92, currently ranked No. 7 in the world, placed 10th individually and fourth in team at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, four years after he logged his best individual finish of third at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. The winner with Ravel at the 2009 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, he also placed third at that event in 2007 with Floriano.
The last time the United States won a dressage medal was at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, when it took team bronze for the fourth consecutive time. Only one American has claimed an individual dressage Olympic medal: Hiram Tuttle won bronze at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games.