Finishing second overall at the 2000 USET Selections Trials semi-finals in Florida, were team veteran Guenter Seidel and Foltaire, a KWPN Dutch Warmblood by Voltaire x Afrikaner x Amor. This twosome were part of the USET Elite Tour which trained and competed in Europe during the summer of 1999.
German native Guenter Seidel came to the United States in 1985, after earning his "Bereiter" degree in Germany. Within ten years he was representing the United States winning the Silver Medal at the Pan American Games, and a team Gold Medal at the Can-Am Dressage Challenge. Sponsored by long time owners Dick and Jane Brown, he won the 1992 USET Intermediare Championships and the individual Bronze Medal at the 1994 US Olympic Festival aboard Numir.
In the 1996 Olympic Trials, Seidel rode Graf George, a Hanoverian by Graphit out of a More Magic xx dam, to a Team Bronze Medal, placing eight individually and finishing seventh in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In 1998 Seidel and George won the USET Grand Prix Championships, and finished ninth individually at the 1998 World Dressage Championships in Rome, Italy. Graf George was then the USDF Dressage Horse of the Year, retiring on top, and remaining forever in the hearts of many American fans.
Seidel and Foltaire will have the opportunity to represent the United States, in the final phase of the 2000 Olympic Selection Trials to be held in Arnhem, the Netherlands June 22-25, and in Bad Honnef, Germany, June 29-July 1, where DressageDaily will be "On the Scene" as the official show photographers.
On the Scene for the 2000 Dressage Olympic Selection Trials
Guenter Seidel and Graf George
Visit the Phelps Photo Database to see 1996 Olympic photos of Graf George