Steffen Peters Rides Dream Street Stallion, Fantasma, in The 2008 Challenge of the Americas
Wellington, FL- Olympic Team Bronze Medalist, Steffen Peters rode Deborah Howe's grand prix stallion, Fantasma in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Challenge of the Americas on March 8th, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Peters was a originally scheduled to ride Elizabeth Niemi's grand prix mount, Wholio, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Stan and Vivian Pichney. When Wholio sustained a minor stone bruise just days before the event, Rick Silvia of Dream Street Stallions and Deborah Howe quickly offered Fantasma as a replacement mount for Peters. Peters rode Fantasma in a beautifully executed "Salute to America" freestyle performance to kick off the evening. The Challenge of America fundraiser showcases international Grand Prix equestrians in jumping and musical dressage quadrilles for the benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
"We were glad to be able to loan Steffen Fantasma for the event," said Rick Silvia of Dream Street Stallions. Silvia is well known for his commitment to the promotion of sport horses. Two years ago, Silvia formed Dream Street Stallions with the goal of offering some of the world's best sport horse bloodlines in America. Since the inception of Dream Street Stallions, Silvia has committed a great deal of his time and resources to promoting the sport. "I wanted to do more than just ride," said Silvia, "I wanted to bring top breeding stallions to America and make them available to mare owners here. At the same time, I am as committed to promoting the sport of dressage, as I am to promoting the sport horses themselves," added Silvia.
In the past two years, Dream Street Stallions have participated in a number of exhibitions, symposiums and shows throughout the U.S. In 2007, Dream Street Stallion, Starlight, was named the USDF Breeding Stallion of the Year and was inducted into the USDF Hall of Fame for earning the highest median score ever given in the USDF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding division.
"It has been an incredible journey building this dream," said Silvia, "And there is no doubt watching Steffen's performance on Fantasma at the Challenge was one of the highlights." For more information about the Dream Street Stallions visit them online at www.dreamstreetstallions.com.
Steffen Peters riding Dream Street Stallion, Fantasma at the 2008 Challenge of the America's fundraiser (Sue Stickle photo)
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