American dressage rider, Guenter Seidel, of Cardiff, California has acquired a new Grand Prix horse with the help of Ed and Camille Penhoet of Toyon Farm in Napa Valley and will be aiming for a spot on the US Team at this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Seidel will be campaigning Marie Meyers’ top Grand Prix horse, Fandango, the lovely Oldenburg Gelding by Feinstern, through August of 2012. Seidel said, “I am thrilled that Marie made this opportunity available and that Camille and Ed’s gracious support is making it possible. I know the horse really well and he’s a super talent. Right now we’re focused on getting ready for the upcoming selection trials.”
No stranger to the top levels of international dressage, Seidel is a three-time Olympic Bronze medal winner, and WEG Team Silver medal winner. With Fandango, he participated in the exhibition at the 2009 FEI World Cup in Las Vegas and wowed audiences with his “Phantom of the Opera” themed Pas de Deux.
Under his owner, Marie Meyers, Fandango was the 2008 Int. 2 USDF Horse of the Year, and finished fourth in the 2006 US National Championships at the Small Tour level.