U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) veteran dressage rider Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, CA won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI Fritzens in Austria over the week-end. Seidel, who won team Bronze medals at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, topped a world-class field of riders.
Riding Nikolaus 7, owned by Dick and Jane Brown, Seidel received scores of 71.6% in the Grand Prix and 76.66% in the Freestyle. Additionally, he and Nikolaus were named "Best Horse and Rider" of the CDI. Placing second in the Grand Prix was two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist Monica Theodorescu of Germany while third place went to Lone Jorgensen of Denmark who finished seventh individually in last year's Sydney Olympic Games.
In addition to his two Olympic medals, Seidel has also won a team Silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games and a team Gold medal at the 1995 Can-Am Dressage Challenge. He won the USET Intermediaire Championship in 1992 and 1996 in addition to the USET Grand Prix Championship in 1998.
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