Guenter Seidel will be at the upcoming Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage National Championships but not in the saddle. Instead he is coming to cheer on all his California friends who will be competing. In an industry where longtime relationships are not the norm, the seventeen year association with Guenter Seidel and Dick and Jane Brown has come to an end. The professional partnership Seidel and the Browns for whom he rode exclusively has spanned three Olympic Games and five World Championships earning them four team bronze medals and one team silver in Jerez 2002. "There are many fond memories I have had over the years, and wonderful horses I have had the opportunity to work with because of the Browns," Seidel told DressageDaily. "I truly appreciate all the Browns have done throughout the years for American Dressage and the devotion they have demonstrated for the sport and the team."
Seidel has been involved with U.S. dressage since 1985, when he settled in California and became a U.S. citizen after earning his Bereiter certificate in Germany. His career accomplishments include the USA Team bronze-medal in the 1996, and 2000, and 2004 Olympics, contributing to three Olympic Team Bronze medals. Seidel helped the USA earn a team Bronze Medal at the World Equestrian Games in 2002 and 2006. It was while preparing for the selection trials for the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games in Germany Seidel suffered a serious fall, resulting in a pelvic fracture. Seidel approached his recovery with the same devotion and drive he has as a world class athlete to return to the show ring in the spring of 2011 earning several wins in the USA and Europe.
We look forward to seeing Seidel back in the saddle soon on some great horses for the future.