Guenter Seidel took his turn accepting championship honors in the CDI arena today with his Westphalian gelding Rey del Mundo (Rock Forever x Fiona by Ferragamo). Coming off their first CDI victory last week in the Intermediaire I, the pair returned to the ring for the California Dreaming Productions' Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 Prix St. Georges as third to go in the large class of 28, which included 13 Canadian competitors. Their solid, elegant test earned a score of 71.184% which couldn't be caught despite a valiant effort by Canada's Leslie Reid with Fine and Smart (Westphalian gelding [Fuerst Piccolo x Whoopy by Worldman] owned by Juliet Sears LeDorze) on 70.921%. "Guenter rode the horse perfectly," said FEI judge Maria Schwennesen (4* AUS).
"I thought both the trot and canter work were super, being very well-balanced, of a high quality, and soft over the ground. The suppleness of his horse ended up being the winning difference for him today."
Seidel was equally impressed with his horse's performance. "He's the surprise of the year for me," explained Seidel. "He's this big lanky thing that only recently started competing at this level, but every show he progresses and gets more confident. He was a really good guy in the ring and very professional today."
Complete results are available on the California Dreaming Productions website, www.californiadreamingproductions.com. Live video streaming of CDI classes with expert commentary by FEI judge Axel Steiner resumes at 8:00am PT on CDP Live, www.californiadreamingproductions.com/live-stream-test/.
See video of the winning ride on CDP Live!
See complete competition results here.