It’s 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning in June, and Arroyo Del Mar has been quietly humming for hours. Two horses are blowing off steam in the turnouts, while others, like Steffen Peters’ rising star Rosamunde, linger in their outdoor runs, keeping an eye on the action. Across the property, Steffen and his World Equestrian Games (WEG) and World Cup partner, Legolas, are alone in the manicured dressage arena, getting in one of their final training sessions before heading east for the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Assistant trainer Lientje Schueler and Steffen’s assistant, Dawn White O’Connor, are at a show with clients, and an air of calm hangs over the farm. It’s peaceful and orderly.
This article appeared in Dressage Today magazine (DressageToday.com). Reprinted with permission from Dressage Today.